Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Think Tank Tuesday 8/9: Police Body Camera Mysteriously Not Working When They Killed Someone

Once again another story about police killing someone but their bodycam wasn't working: 

[At least three officers fired their weapons at 18-year-old Paul O’Neal when he sideswiped them while driving a stolen vehicle, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

The Cook County medical examiner’s officer determined that O’Neal died from a gunshot wound to the back.

“He got shot in the back. That means he was defenseless,” said Lynn Farley, a friend of O’Neal, according to ABC 7.

Now the Tribune is reporting that the body camera of the Chicago officer who fired the fatal shot was not working at the time of the shooting. 

All three officers involved were all relieved of duty on Thursday night following the shooting and now the department is investigating why the body camera wasn’t working. Paperwork reportedly indicates that the officer had only recently been issued a body camera.] source

What are your thoughts? Should police bodycams not working be a valid excuse for officers involved in fatal shootings or alleged police brutality cases? Should officers be reprimanded when their equipment has been tampered with?

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