Denver Police Chief Robert White said Tuesday he wants sergeants to wear body cameras. The city’s watchdog recommended that sergeants wear the cameras after pointing out that they are front line supervisors for many cases involving use of force. In addition off-duty officers will also be required to wear cameras during security assignments. Many Officers work as independent security personnel for events such as Red Rocks shows, sport events and at bars and clubs downtown. While at the events, the officers are in uniform and are held to the same standards as if they were on-duty at the time, including with the use of force. Officers while in uniform may also cause the city to be liable for their actions, even if they are off duty. Adding more cameras will be expensive at first but it is worth the social cost. Taking a video recording of the incident will not only paint a clearer picture of any disputed events, but will also help exonerate those officers who acted appropriately. District 6, gang units, and traffic units of the Denver Police Department will soon be wearing the cameras with districts 1-5 soon to follow. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call out Denver office today for a free consultation.
Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 10/13/2015