Seattle police were caught on dash cam telling a pair of innocent robbery suspects that they would “make stuff up” to ensure the charges would stick, even though there was a complete lack of actual evidence.
That incident is just small sample of what KOMO-TV plans to eventually release after a lengthy investigation compiled from dash cam videos of its local police force, which always seems one of the most corrupted in the country.
According to KOMO-TV:
We showed Seattle Police Sergeant Sean Whitcomb the arrest video, and he admits the ‘make stuff up’ comment was inappropriate. But he says the department’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated the complaint and exonerated the officer.
“I can tell you we take (complaints) seriously but people have to believe that and they have to trust the system they have to trust the process,” Whitcomb said.
Another problem: none of the arrest is caught on tape — only the aftermath, once the two are on the ground in handcuffs, with Lawson’s angry questions of why Officer Richardson kicked him in the face, which Richardson disputes saying he only “kicked him in the chest.”
For more than a year the KOMO 4 Problem Solvers fought to get access to the Seattle Police Department’s video database, knowing that dash cam videos could play a critical role in citizen oversight of the troubled department. We are now suing SPD for what we believe is a violation of the Public Records Act. Our investigation uncovered, among other things, that the department had lost tens of thousands of dash cam videos.
Speaking of which, down on this side of the country, the South Florida Sun Sentinel have been working on its own investigation on speeding cops and has determined what the rest of us already know; that driving a patrol car whether you are on or off duty gives you the license to speed in excess over 100 mph.
In fact, 21 citizens have been killed in Florida as a result of speeding cop cars since 2004 and hundreds other citizens injured by these reckless baffoons.
The problem is so bad that even Miami-Dade Major Nancy Perez told reporters that “speeding is a big problem,” in the video in the above Sun Sentinel link.
No shit, Sherlock. Perhaps she should have explained how the police department is planning on dealing with speeders.
But Perez, formerly Nancy Goldberg, is already losing credibility, at least in the eyes of one Sun Sentinel reader named hughjar1 left the following comment on the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
I wouldn’t believe anything Major Perez says as spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department. She recently had photojournalist Carlos Miller arrested during the Occupy Miami eviction for resisting arrest without violence while his video shows no resisting at all. She, and possibly others, then had his video footage illegally erased while he was jailed overnight on the phony charges.
Fortunately Miller was able to recover the erased footage and will now use it to beat the phony charges in court, sue the county for damages and pursue the illegal acts in federal court. If MDPD director James Loftus backs her up then he needs to be fired too.
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