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Fwd: Hi Dave, here is my 250 word version of my letter re Cop car cams fight crime

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:15:13 -0800

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>> Dear Editor,
>> Regarding, "Cop car cams fight crime," (Dec. 27-28). The updated video system that the Palo Alto Police Department purchased for their patrol cars sounds excellent. The equipment allows for the more accurate capture of criminal activity by alleged criminals as well as the police. However, at least one essential element is missing. If a citizen is not arrested and charged with a crime, but still believes that they have been abused by the police, there is no policy in place to allow the video to be viewed by the complaining party, police watch dogs, or representatives of the press. The police can release a video as evidence that they have been falsely accused of police misconduct, but the alleged victim of police abuse has no equal opportunity to demand access to the tape--in order to establish that the police have in fact engaged in police misconduct. The lack of a firm policy allowing full access to police videos by the press or the complaining party, undercuts the credibility of the video program. It wi
ll leave the public feeling manipulated and mistrustful of the police. We must insist on a policy that allows equal access to police videos by the members of the public and the press. With such a policy in place, we can ensure that Palo Alto takes a leadership role in police transparency and community police relations. Dare I say, “Now is the time to act!!".
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>>>> Aram James
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Received on Sun Dec 28 2014 - 22:09:17 PST

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