Called AXON, Autonomous eXtended on-Officer Network, a system of miniature cameras is being tested by a group of Cincinnati police officers with hopes for the cameras going department-wide by this summer. According to USA Today several departments across the country are conducting trials on these cameras from Taser International.
The cameras are mounted on the head of each police officer with the tiny lens resting near the cheekbone, above the ear. In this way, the camera is said to capture everything the officer sees and hears. The footage is reportedly sent to a hard drive which cannot be deleted or edited by the officers.
Supporters state that the cameras will cut down on allegations of police misconduct and discrepancies between police reports and accounts from citizens about details that occur in a cop’s day to day job. Critics say they could pose a potential privacy issue despite the expectation of privacy being low when the police are present.
In my mind the cameras will bring more transparency to police reporting. Because police often write their reports at times of high stress it is understandable that pieces of the puzzle may be missing. They could also lead to more agreement in what really happened at arrest scenes.
Despite the cameras catching audio and video, they do leave out an important aspect, what happens before the police arrive. Often times the police don’t come on the scene until a situation has calmed down or until the offense has already occurred. While the cameras may keep police action in check, they certainly mean criminal cases are automatically slam dunks for the prosecution.
When you are arrested for an offense like assault, the prosecution should look at the entire sequence of events, including what happened and why. When you are the one facing charges it is normal to feel like your side of the story isn’t getting enough attention.
As your defense lawyer, it is my job to ensure your side is heard. Whether you have been wrongly accused or if you have a legitimate defense, I can help. Contact me today to discuss the details of your case. Even if a camera wasn’t present, together we can get to the bottom of your case and work on a positive resolution.