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Don't Post Your Videos of Police Shootings in Dallas TX Until at Least 72 Hours After Recording Them

Same goes for offering witness statements or reports of these kinds of incidents involving police. It is crucial that you now wait until at least 72 hours after the incident occurs.

Why, you ask?

Because Dallas police have just changed their own policy in an effort to minimize how often their officers are caught in blatant lies about these incidents. To wit:

There is an astonishing story out of Texas where the Dallas Police Chief David Brown quietly changed a rule that would require officers involved in a shooting to wait 72 hours before making a statement. There is no cognizable public interest behind such a rule, but it comes after a scandal where a surveillance video showed one of Brown’s officers shooting a mentally ill suspect for no apparent reason. The video contradicted the officer’s testimony and undermined the charge against the victim. Brown’s solution was not greater disciplining and monitoring of officers but to impose a delay to allow officers to craft their statements.

Crucially, officers will also be permitted to view any available videos before crafting their statements.

Jonathan Turley highlights some of the many concerns with this policy change in his concise piece. One of them is the obvious exceptionalism at play here:

Why not use the same rule for citizens and suspend all interviews of key players for three days? Notably, the Supreme Court recently ruled that silence can be used against a citizen at trial who does not answer questions of the police. So a citizen can have their silence used against them at court but the officer is not just allowed but required to remain silent after shooting a citizen.

Read his worthwhile full take on it: http://jonathanturley.org/2013/12/04/you-have-the-obligation...

(Original story found here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20131127-chief-david-br...)

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do the realize how bad this sounds,,, how can they explain it away any which way but--- we're covering our officers butts and will allow them to lie
come on, this is outrageous,,, and just another brick in the wall of American police state, cops above the law

The Stench of a Cover up....

Ironically if a citizen uses deadly force and mortally wounds an attacker....police departments want "an immediate explanation and justification". Same rules should apply to these hypocritical clowns who live by double-standards. They should also be forced to wear video cameras to show actual encounters. They should not have extended time to doctor up a police report under any circumstances (<24 hours).

Crucially, officers will also

Crucially, officers will also be permitted to view any available videos before crafting their statements. Quote Unquote.

Good call on waiting 72 hours. Power to the People.

Be Your Own Media!!!

Open craftiness is not that crafty, eh?

From dictionary.com:

[kraft, krahft] Show IPA noun, plural crafts or for 5, 8, craft, verb
an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill: the craft of a mason.
skill; dexterity: The silversmith worked with great craft.
skill or ability used for bad purposes; cunning; deceit; guile.
the members of a trade or profession collectively; a guild.
a ship or other vessel.

Let's see, is that definition #1 or #3?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

well if this becomes a

well if this becomes a standard without choice, then i reckon the public should withold any evidence THEY, may have, for, say, i dont know, 70....and, 3 hours, wait for them to extend it again, and again, before even the "believers" start questioning their "superiors's" "supreme" "angelic" "moralities", reckon that would do it?

not a genuine offered solution, just a run of the mill genuine exhasperated one

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Great ... legally protected pedophiles

Story today out of D.C.:

D.C. COP Charged with Producing Child Pornography While on Duty

A seven-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department has been arrested and charged with production of child pornography after allegedly photographing a naked 15-year-old girl at a D.C. apartment, while he was on duty, and in uniform. After an investigation, Officer Marc Washington was taken into custody on Monday, shortly after allegations surfaced.


After Washington left the house, the girl told her mother, who then called police. According to prosecutors, Washington saw the mother's 911 call to dispatch and tried to delete the pictures but was unsuccessful in getting rid of all the evidence. He was taken into custody and law enforcement officials discovered nude images of other young girls on his digital camera.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the allegations against Officer Washington are a blow to every good police officer on the force: "To learn of an allegation of this kind against a person who is sworn to protect our children, it is both shocking and disturbing."