In the wake of numerous police shootings of unarmed African American men,
there has been a massive increase in public demand for law enforcement
officers to wear body cameras when interacting with civilians. Despite
the outcry, the Colorado legislature has not passed much legislation regarding
the issue, but Congress has pledged $75 million dollars in grants to help
fund cameras nationwide. As of this past summer, according to the Colorado
Peace Officers Standards and Training Study, 30 out of 47 law enforcement
agencies across the states were either using body cameras, or have either
a policy regarding body cameras in place or were drafting a policy. That
number has likely increased.
This past July, Denver asked its City Council for over $6million dollars
to help fund body cameras for its officers. However, according to a lawsuit
filed by the Denver Police Protective Association, a union representing
Denver Law Enforcement officers, the policy instituted by the City did
not properly consult with its officers prior to adopting the policy. Despite
the fact that the City has already entered into a contract for the cameras,
and the storage of the data the cameras record, the union argues that
the City “fail[ed] to seek input from the 1,310 Denver police officers”
who would be wearing them.
This lawsuit comes despite the fact that Denver has paid out $20 million
dollars in settlements or jury awards over the past ten years, of which
$12 million has been since 2011.
Body cameras can be an invaluable tool in a criminal case or determining
if you have a case against law enforcement for excessive force. Body cameras
and dash cameras can confirm bad behavior by law enforcement, but also
can confirm if an accused really did commit an illegal act. If you are
accused of a
crime and had law enforcement contact in Colorado, there is a good chance it
was caught on tape. Let the award winning criminal justice team atFeldmann Nagel help you obtain and evaluate any video imagery so you can best strategize
for the road ahead.
Contact our expert attorneys to assist you in your defense, call us at 1-888-458-0991.