St. Louis police wary of in-car cameras
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police union grievances filed in St. Louis show that city officers believe in-car cameras are being used against them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Kb9TCT ) reports that many officers are seeking ways to avoid driving cars equipped with cameras. About half of the city’s 300 patrol division cars have cameras.
The Post-Dispatch obtained emails revealing officers’ concerns that cameras make them vulnerable to second-guessing.
Two probationary officers were fired earlier this year. Video from the cameras exonerated them against claims that they planted guns and drugs on a 16-year-old. But it also revealed that one officer struck the handcuffed teen.
The grievance asks that they be rehired and says the department should have taken into consideration that the teen pointed a gun at one of the officers.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com