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Ex-Detective: Body Cams OK, But Bottom Line Don't Resist Arrest

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 06:49 PM

The growing call for all cops to wear body cameras in the wake of the South Carolina cop who fatally shot a fleeing and unarmed man is a good one, retired NYPD Detective Harry Houck tells Newsmax TV.

"I'm for the body cams myself," Houck said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"For me, if you're acting correctly as a police officer, you've got nothing to hide. I really wouldn't worry about any actions that I take if it's on a body cam — just so long as I know in my head I'm doing the right thing."

On a video released this week, North Charleston (S.C.) Police Officer Michael Slager, who is white, was seen blasting Walter Scott, an African-American, eight times in the back, killing him.

It raised the ugly specter of whether police have a racial bias on the job, particularly in the wake of the killings of black men by white cops in Missouri and New York.

There have been calls for a national law that all officers wear body cameras, so their actions can be monitored.

While praising the camera idea, Houck said he has some concerns.

"Is the body cam going to be on when you're riding around with your partner and you're just talking to each other and picking up the information that you're talking back and forth?" he asked.

"Will it go on automatically when you leave your car? What about when you go to the bathroom? Things like this … "

He also said that most of the recent shootings in question — whether justified or not — resulted after a suspect resisted arrest.

"When a police officer tells you you're under arrest it's not a request. All these people who are dead now would probably be alive if they had just complied with the officer," Houck said.

"We're not justifying those officers' actions at all. I believe that an officer should go to jail for the rest of his life … [if that is what] the courts decide … In all these incidents, resisting arrest was the catalyst for whatever happens."

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