NY Protocols Backed For Videotaping Interrogations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York prosecutors, police and lawyers are endorsing the videotaping of suspect interrogations.

This week statewide groups representing district attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs plan to endorse protocols for making videos of crime suspects. The State Police, New York City Police Department and the New York Bar Association are also backing the practice.

It’s a common practice in many counties and considered a safeguard against both false confessions and defendant allegations of coercion.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has provided more than $1.5 million to prosecutors and police to buy recording equipment for interview rooms in 42 counties, plans to announce additional funding. The NYPD is doing it in several precincts.

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  • D

    Don’t like it? Leave! Try living in a community with little to no enforcement. Quit belly-aching, whining, and being a baby about every last little thing. Why don’t you do something or become the change you want to see, e.g. become a cop that does the right thing, or work for IAD to prosecute bad cops. Don’t preach from behind your computer terminal or make wild presumptions about people you know nothing about.

    • aldous huxley

      LOL … “don’t like it, leave it” … too funny … sorry officer D … didn’t mean to step on NYPD toes … LOL … yeah, I do know a thing or two about police abuse of power. This type of vocalization is NECESSARY to keep the issue hot … the police need tremendous oversight due to many many years of abuse of power.

      Was waiting for the first NYPD cop to chime in here :)

  • aldous huxley

    Yeah right … how many cameras will be turned the wrong way … forgot to put a tape in … accidentally taped over the interrogation …

    “Tuning up” suspects is a law enforcement staple … sometimes it’s for fun (like in the Abner Louima case) … sometimes it’s for a confession. Either way, it’s one of the top reasons people want to get into law enforcement. They were typically beat up as kids on the playground … bullied … now it’s their time to turn the tables, and it makes them feel like more of a man.

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