Police in Atlantic City recently became the latest law enforcement agency in New Jersey to be outfitted with body cameras during patrols. The camera is a small device that clips onto the officer’s shirt and records his or her interactions while on patrol.
In the past, Atlantic City police have been accused of using excessive force. Police officials have spoken publicly about their desire to improve the department’s public image, and the body cameras are expected to encourage more public trust of police.
The cameras film constantly, but to save memory space, the recorded footage is deleted every 30 seconds. When the officer stops a person or a vehicle, they are trained to engage the camera so it keeps the video and audio footage from the prior 30 seconds until the camera is disengaged.
The cameras may prove particularly helpful for criminal defendants who find themselves in a “their word against mine” situation. It is likely that your interaction with your arresting officer was recorded. If the officer failed to Mirandize you, or you believe you were in some way mistreated, your experienced criminal defense lawyer can obtain the footage and build your defense around the evidence.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey, contact the Law Office of John W. Tumelty for a free consultation about your case.