Let us always remember that the overwhelming majority of “cops” become police officers because they want to serve the community. They do the right thing, and we owe them our safety. I had the privilege of working with so many when I was a DAG [and still do!]. It is just the too many bad apples that are a disgrace to law enforcement and a real blight on the criminal justice system. 

 

But when those bad apples do what they do, the public should KNOW about it!  More of their “brethren”, the good cops, should cross that stupid “blue line” and report any and all criminal conduct by fellow officers!

 

Whenever a video exists  concerning a shooting by police, an assault or other abuse by a corrections officer, or any other government official, that video should be released!  I am a seasoned trial lawyer (over 5oo trials) ,and for 5 years as Deputy Attorney General I worked with many investigators and did plenty of investigating myself. All the comments I hear about why such videos should not be released because they “may taint the investigation” are total nonsense!  I know all the “reasons” given for non-disclosure, and the benefits of disclosure far outweigh them.

If it is an undoctored, legitimate video, it speaks for itself, whether filmed by a citizen, the police (dash cam, body camera – we need more of those! – or any other device), or anyone else, and it should be made public at once. All the talk about “what may have happened before the video” is NO reason not to release it. With or without it there will be plenty of discussion about what happened leading up to the video. So what? Releasing a video will not jeopardize a “fair trial” – as I said, I have had over 500 trials, won all but 2, and I know that the the rules of evidence work very, very well to ensure that the truth comes out!  That video must be seen!

READ Body Cameras for Cops  on our website.

………….  Sent it out again 10/7/16  and PUBLISHED on page A 6 of the Delaware State News on 10/9/16

 

Letter to the Editor: Release the Video! 10/7/16

Whenever a video exists concerning a shooting by police, an assault or other abuse by a corrections officer, or any other government official, that video should be released! I am a seasoned trial lawyer (over 5oo trials) ,and for 5 years as Deputy Attorney General I worked with many investigators and did plenty of investigating myself. All the comments I hear about why such videos should not be released because they “may taint the investigation” are total nonsense! I know all the “reasons” given for non-disclosure, and the benefits of disclosure far outweigh them.

If it is an undoctored, legitimate video, it speaks for itself, whether filmed by a citizen, the police (dash cam, body camera – we need more of those! – or any other device), or anyone else, and it should be made public at once. All the talk about “what may have happened before the video” is NO reason not to release it. With or without it there will be plenty of discussion about what happened leading up to the video. So what? Releasing a video will not jeopardize a “fair trial” – as I said, I have had over 500 trials, won all but 2, and I know that the rules of evidence work very, very well to ensure that the truth comes out! That video must be seen! Especially in these days of so much distrust of police and other government officials … release the video!

Ken Abraham, former prosecutor, founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice, Dover, DE 302-423-4067

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1. Keep it to 250 words or fewer.
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3. Speak from your heart.
4. Google any facts you are not sure about.
5. Do not name-call.
Do what works: Write that Letter! 🙂
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