Gallatin County, Illinois Sheriff Raymond Martin
was sitting in the county jail last Saturday when his wife and son stopped by for a visit. Nothing odd about this scenario, right? Well, things weren’t quite as normal as they sound. You see, the good sheriff was actually locked inside a jail cell awaiting trial for selling marijuana while on duty. To add insult to injury, Martin was arrested again while waiting for his family’s visit. AND, his wife and son were also arrested when they arrived for the visit. The new charges were for solicitation of murder. Who’s murder? Perhaps the informant who snitched to the Feds…
Check out the latest trend in police wear – head cams. Yes, now officers have the capability to record interaction with criminal suspects, allowing judges and jury members to see things through the officer’s eyes. No longer will courts have to rely on grainy cellphone videos captured by the suspect’s drunken third cousin on his mama’s daddy’s sister’s side of the family.
Officer’s wear the Bluetooth-like devices for the duration of their shifts, and then place it in a docking station where the video is downloaded and stored on a remote server. The video is tamper-proof; however, officers are in control of the on-off switch, which could lead to credibility problems in court. I guess the next step will be for supervisors to monitor live feeds, dictating the officer’s every move. Sounds like Robocop wasn’t so far-fetched after all.
San Jose, Ca. officers have been using the $5,700 devices as part of a free trial.
You’ll never guess who manufactures the head cams…TASER International, Inc.
Four Pennsylvania police officers, including the police chief, have resigned after their arrests on federal charges of extortion, lying to the FBI, and for covering up the beating death of a Hispanic youth by two white teens. The resignations of the four officers left the three remaining police officers in the seven man department to safeguard the town. The state police are now assisting with those duties.