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Las Vegas Officer Charged with Battery After DA Reviews Body Cam Video

March 19, 2015  | 

A Las Vegas Metro Police officer is facing a misdemeanor battery count for using excessive force in detaining a woman earlier this year, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

The case was initiated after officials reviewed video from a body camera the officer was wearing, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The woman initially was arrested on counts of littering and loitering for the purpose of prostitution, but the case was later dismissed, Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said at a news conference Tuesday.

According to a Metro statement, after it was reported that the woman was injured, officials reviewed the video and launched a criminal investigation. The officer's actions were determined to be "unreasonable and excessive," the statement said.

“This is the first time that I’m aware of that we are bringing criminal charges associated with the review of a body camera on an on-duty use of force incident,” McMahill said.

"We’re not going to shy away from bringing these incidents to light when the body camera captures actions of one of our officers that does not appear to be within the confines of law and policy,” McMahill said.

 


Comments (5)

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rede2hike @ 3/19/2015 4:49 PM

It doesn't matter if you are wearing a cam or not, everyone is watching, recording, photographing now more that ever. I've been trying to get this point across to my trainees for the last 10 years since the camphones first showed up.
We all must remember that someone, somewhere is always watching & recording.
In the last 6 months I've had more cams stuck on my face than in the last 24 years.
Remember, always be above reproach so you can shove in their faces when the "innocent idiots" come into complain.

John Wilson @ 3/19/2015 10:09 PM

Note this case ladies and gentlemen, because it is the start of charges being brought after review of a police officer taking necessary action to effect an arrest. This will increase in scope and it will affect the number of officers that will eventually leave law enforcement because of Monday Night quarterbacking by appointed individuals to review body cam tapes. Officers will refrain from taking necessary action and it will hurt them or their partner.
All reviews should be conducted with the standard of the officers frame of mind and type of incident at the time. The slippery slope has began to cave in and it will take many careers with it.

Concerned Dad @ 3/30/2015 3:07 PM

John,

Serious questions…. the cop made a mistake and broke the law. It just happened to be caught on video. Why is that a negative thing? You guys should welcome recording, it will either exonerate you and will week at bad cops. Apparently the cop in question really messed up and is now being held accountable. I don't get why anyone would think of this being a bad thing.

Why does the video have to be taken from the "officers frame of mind" in the moment? Why can't it just be reviewed and see if anyone broke the law? As a citizen I don't get that frame of reference.

I would think you guys would want to have everything recored. Help me out here.

kevCopAz @ 3/31/2015 6:19 PM

You all have good points. Please consider this, just the thought that an officer will be second guessed(more then they always have) if something "looks" bad, even if later proved to be OK...is it worth it to the officer? I am a 32+ yr veteran LEO and I fear that everyday, more and more officers look the other way, take the easy way out ("just do a report") instead of comforting criminals, especially criminals of color, to avoid I.A., complaints and any additional investigations of minor matters that "look bad" at first glance. Folks (citizens) must realize not so much the reality of any investigation, its the PERCEPTION that an officer will be arm chair quarterbacked on each and every action that they take. THIS will chill on-view aggressive police work and will lower the prevention of crime and instead of being crime fighters, cops will be crime reporters. Safe and sound, easy does it, don't put yourself out and wait to retire. This will be the new mantra. Sad but true.

Concerned Dad @ 4/5/2015 6:21 PM

kevCopAz,

But isn't it best for everybody when you have people watching over you and critiquing what you are doing? Every profession has that. I constantly have my actions questions and have no problem with it. I stand behind my work. I have made mistakes and paid for them. I was even fired from my first job out of college just for asking a clients secretary out to lunch. I was gone in less than 24 hours, would have been immediately but they had to have my last paycheck made from the main office.

Why do cops look at this procedure as "second guessed"? Why don't you just use it as additional training? Sometimes I feel like you guys think your job should be looked at differently than anyone else's. Like you should get different type of procedures just because of what you do.

Why don't you report the cops who look the other way? I really concerns me when I see a guy like you with 32 years experience not address a big issue like that. This really breaks the citizens trust in cop

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