Don't Post Your Videos of Police Shootings in Dallas TX Until at Least 72 Hours After Recording ThemSubmitted by LapHog on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 13:13
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...)