Dallas Halts Regular Dash-Cam Video Reviews Amid Officer Complaints


The Dallas Police Department suspended regular reviews of dash-cam video from patrol cars because officers felt they were being nitpicked with disciplinary action for minor infractions such as speeding, reports the Dallas Morning News. The recordings and the reviews are meant to provide evidence when patrol officers go renegade, and they are especially helpful in excessive-force cases. They're crucial for protecting officers falsely accused of wrongdoing.

In 11 months of operation, video reviews found numerous examples of officers exceeding speed ruesl, failing to turn on their lights and sirens, or failing to stop at stop signs, or red lights during chases or when responding to emergency calls. While in many cases these actions are against department policy, police commanders became concerned that some supervisors were taking a heavy-handed approach to routine problems, meting out discipline rather than finding ways to change behavior. “The folklore among officers is, 'I'm afraid to go five miles over the speed limit because I'll be disciplined,'” said Chief David Brown. He ordered a cooling-off period for the review process while the department takes a look at what can be done to ensure that it is fair and reasonable.

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