Wednesday, July 14, 2010

San Diego DUI criminal defense lawyers want videos like Los Angeles DUI Police Department!

San Diego California DUI criminal defense lawyers are hoping a rejuvenated idea for Los Angeles DUI police will come to San Diego drunk driving cases.

LA Police Department announced yesterday it will install hundreds of video cameras in its Los Angeles California patrol cars, including DUI enforcement vehicles, a move that observers hope will hold officers more accountable while protecting them from false abuse allegations.

San Diego DUI attorneys would like to hold drunk driving investigating officers more accountable. Clearly, the DUI prosecutors in San Diego California have abundant drunk driving resources and tons of money is spent on California DUI checkpoints.

Police officials say about 300 digital video cameras will be in place by the end of the summer. While many law enforcement agencies have used video recording technology, LAPD has seen pilot programs go bust as city officials attempted to find funding for the efforts.

For a department that has tried to mend its image following the videotaped beating of Rodney King and a corruption scandal in its anti-gang unit, the cameras could go a long way in restoring trust with some residents still wary of potential abuse by officers.

"This has been a long journey," said Police Commission President John Mack. "This is and has been a very, very high priority for the commission."

The cameras will be installed in cars patrolling the department's south bureau, which encompasses many of the city's grittier neighborhoods.

Officials say it would cost about $25 million to put cameras in all 1,600 of the department's cars. That may be unlikely, at least in the near-term, because the city is coping with declining revenues that already have forced it to cut back city services and lay off hundreds of workers.

It's been nearly four years since the City Council approved $5 million for the first set of cameras that will be installed over the next few months.

The idea dates back to the 1990s when some police departments began using VHS tapes to record traffic stops and other incidents. However, shelving all those videos for legal purposes would have brought additional costs to one of the nation's largest police departments. One of the reforms a federal judge said should be in place was putting cameras in patrol cars. The plan gained momentum over the past several years, in part because of a federal consent decree imposed in 2001 when the government threatened to sue the city over what it claimed was a pattern of police abuse dating back decades.

San Diego California DUI cops would be forced to tell the truth.