The Colorado bill that would entitle citizens at least $15,000 in damages if police interfere with their right to record breezed through the House Tuesday with overwhelming bipartisan approval, another step closer to becoming law.
While numerous court cases have established that the right to record police in public is protected by the First Amendment, many more cops have ignored those rulings, knowing there will be no serious penalty by snatching a camera as “evidence,” even if all they do is delete the footage afterwards.
Colorado House Bill 15-1290 will now make its way to the Senate, which is majority republican, but only by one senator.
And considering the House approved the democratic-sponsored bill 47-16 when the House consists of 34 democrats to 31 republicans, it is highly probable that Senate republicans will cross party lines to vote in favor of the bill, which would make it the first state in the country to protect citizens’ right to record by holding police financial liable for their abuses.
After all, it’s not about partisan ideology, but about police accountability.
Lie detector test meant to show if Floyd Dent was lying about not threatening officers before arrest.
INKSTER, Mich. –
Floyd Dent was hooked up to a lie detector machine by one of the most highly-regarded examiners in the state of Michigan and asked direct questions about threatening police officers in Inkster.
Police said when Dent opened his car door after being pulled over he yelled at officers that he was going to kill them. The officers testified that is the reason Dent was dragged from the car and put in a choke hold.
However, Dent says he never said such a thing to the officers. He went to retired police officer and polygraph expert Neil Meyers to prove it. Dent said he knows he doesn’t have to take a polygraph test.
“I want to take one just to let everybody know, the public and everything, that I’m honest and telling the truth,” he said.
Before the arrest was over, Dent was kicked, shocked with a Taser three times and punched in the head 16 times. The officers’ microphones were either turned off or not working, so there is no recording of the alleged threat from Dent.
He allowed himself to be hooked up to take a lie detector test:
Question: The night you were pulled over, did you tell the officer, “I will kill you”?
Question: Did you verbally threaten those officers in any way?
Question: Is the officer correct when he states you told him you would kill him?
Question: At the time of your traffic stop, did you have cocaine in your vehicle?
Question: Is the officer correct when he states he found cocaine in your vehicle?
Question: Are you lying when you say there was no cocaine in your vehicle?
Dent passed the lie detector test.
“He never said those (threatening) words,” said Dent’s attorney, Greg Rohl. “Not even anything close to it. In fact he said nothing at all of a threatening nature.”
The results may not be admissible in court, but Dent says he wants his family and the entire world to know he was telling the truth and the officers are lying.
“When I heard their attorney saying all those words, I mean I just broke out crying because I knew they were lying,” he said.
A district judge looked at the beating video and threw out charges of resisting arrest and assault. Dent hopes these test results and more video from that night will convince a circuit court judge to throw out the cocaine possession charges.
Dent said he respects the police and could not believe an officer would do this and lie about it. He hopes passing a lie detector test will help the rest of the community understand why he is fighting the charges and refusing to consider any plea deals.
WASHINGTON — A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.
The shooting came on the heels of high-profile instances of police officers’ using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. The deaths have set off a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men.
A White House task force has recommended a host of changes to the nation’s police policies, and President Obama sent Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to cities around the country to try to improve police relations with minority neighborhoods.