It was only because a Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser was equipped with a camera that the public learned a motorist in the throes of a diabetic episode had been held down and kicked by police officers, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Outrage over the incident included calls for all police vehicles to be equipped with cameras, but there is disagreement over how quickly it could happen.
The head of the union representing Las Vegas Police said installation of dashboard cameras would have to be negotiated under future contracts. A county commissioner said that isn't the case. The Sun reported on the Highway Patrol video showing a Henderson police officer kicking driver Adam Greene, who was restrained on the ground. The city has settled with Greene and his wife for about $250,000. At the time of the 2010 incident, Henderson police did not have dashboard cameras in their vehicles, but the Highway Patrol did. Last year, Henderson used a $1.2 milliion federal grant to install them in 150 vehicles.