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Wed., Sept. 3, 2014, 10:43 a.m.

Letter: Record Police Stops

I might have missed this article (“I’m a cop” by Sunil Dutta) if it was in The Press. Seems to me to be very well written by somebody in the “business” today. The only flaw I see (and I agree with body and car cameras being used by the police) is that the police and prosecutors hardly ever let the public see their videos UNEDITED, but edited to their personal choices, and that may cause the public at large to distrust the police, and our court system(s). I know that today a lot of people have smartphones, and when dealing with the police, it wouldn’t hurt a thing to start recording the happenstance. That way, should things go awry, you either convict yourself, or you MAY have the ability to refute any allegations. You don’t have to shove the phone/camera into the officer’s face, just prop it up on the steering wheel or dash as examples, and let it run/Terrance DeGrood, of Hayden, Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor. More here.

Question: Is this a good idea -- videotaping an encounter with local police, whether it be a police stop or something else?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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