Video Records May Curb Police Violence

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 01:16 PM

By Melissa Clyne

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Video cameras may be the antidote to both police violence and violence against police, according to defense lawyers F. Lee Bailey and Janet Johnson who appeared Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"Video in the courtroom is good with the exception of the O.J. [Simpson] case which became a circus, but beyond that, it has given the public a chance to see what really happened," said Bailey, who was one of the lawyers representing the footballer acquitted of murdering his wife and her friend in 1994.

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

"This is also true of street videos where they're taken from cop cars or taken from surveillance cameras on the wall. They eliminate he said, she said. They tend to pin down who did what and to whom. The public should always have the benefit of being satisfied that what their courts do is a correct result. That is frequently not the case, but it should be the case."

The lawyers discussed recent civilian deaths at the hands of police that have sparked public protests, including Saturday's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri. Police there have said Brown reached for the officer's gun.

Johnson opined that it's in law enforcement's best interest to have video of every interaction.

"Don't they want to show if they didn't do anything wrong?" she asked. "It's ideal for them to be able to say, look, he was going for the gun, or look, this was happening. The more the better. It's like in an instant replay. Don't they look at it over and over and over from different angles? Why should this be any different? This is life or death. This isn't the Super Bowl. This is somebody's life."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sharyl Attkisson: CDC Keeping a Lid on Ebola Numbers

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 19:49 PM

Whether or not it's acting on orders from the Democratic operative hired to be the nation's "Ebola czar," the Centers fo . . .

Police Defense Fund's Hosko: Fight 'Bad Cop' Narrative with Facts

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 18:47 PM

The image of cops as racist or reckless that has taken hold in the media this year must be challenged by people inside a . . .

Rep. Mike Kelly: Obama's Sony Hack Response 'Stunning'

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 17:21 PM

President Barack Obama's response to the Sony hacking scandal shows "the depths that this president has sunk into as lea . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved