For the second time in less than a month, a police officer was convicted from evidence obtained from a videotape.
The first officer to be convicted was New York City Police Officer Patrick Pogan, who would never have stood trial had it not been for a video posted on Youtube showing him body slamming a bicyclist before charging him with assault on an officer.
The second officer to be convicted was Ottawa Hills (Ohio) Police Officer Thomas White, who shot a motorcyclist in the back after a traffic stop, permanently paralyzing the 24-year-old man.
The video from the dash cam shows that the motorcyclist, Michael McCloskey, appeared to be complying and was most definitely not a threat to White.
However, White stated that he feared for his life because he believed McCloskey was reaching for a gun.
Had it not been for the video, the jury would most likely have believed him.
Pogan was convicted in late April. White was convicted last week.
Next month, former Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle will stand trial for shooting an unarmed man in the back in an incident caught on citizen video.
He also would most likely not be facing trial had it not been for the video tape.
It is no wonder why the Maryland State Police Department went after Anthony Graber so hard.