“He’s really abusing the uniform.”
Over the past few years, mobile-phone cameras, dashcams, and social media have deputized just about everyone. Every day there seems to be a new story about an officer caught shirking their duty to protect and serve. Recently, a Florida woman with her dashcam on witnessed a police officer speeding on the freeway, so she reversed roles and pulled him over. The officer, assuming the woman was in trouble, came to her car window to see what was wrong.
“The reason I pulled you over today and I’m asking you to come over and have a conversation, is because I saw you since Miller Drive, when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto, and you were pushing 90 miles an hour,” the woman said to the officer as he peered through her window. The officer denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I don’t believe I was speeding.” After being pressed harder by the woman, the officer let down his guard, saying, “I apologize and I’ll be sure to slow down then.”
Police director Juan Perez told CBS affiliate WFOR in a statement that “the Miami-Dade Police Department will have the officer’s immediate command staff investigate the matter, once the officer and citizen are identified. The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point.”
Soon, interactions like these might not need to be filmed by citizens. The Obama administration recently approved a three-year $75 million program to equip 50,000 police officers with body cams to judge their efficacy. If proven effective, body cams will increase officer accountability and protect them from false claims of abuse.
(H/T The Washington Post)