Question: How will body cameras worn by police officers impact the way that Maryland DUI/DWI investigations are conducted?
Answer: Well, this is really a great question and a great thing all in all, all totaled. The body cameras that the officers will undoubtedly be wearing in Maryland in the near future will be helpful to defendant drivers because when these cops go about exaggerating or flat out lying on the reports—not all of them do; perhaps most of them do not. But there are certainly a number of lying scumbags out there that do, just like there’s a certain number of cops in Baltimore city that are bad apples and have caused problems, have caused deaths and other things to inequitable and unfortunate treatment of defendants. So these body cameras are going to be a wonderful thing.
They’re a wonderful thing to protect the police officers themselves from the citizenry, and it’s also important for the citizens to protect themselves from the cops. So, any cop that’s worth his salt will agree with that and say, “Yes, body cameras are fine and they’re good things.” And the cops that don’t want them perhaps have something to hide because these cameras will ultimately be used to protect all parties to these transactions between two parts. So having said that, it’s wonderful for cops to be wearing these things.
Let’s face it: sometimes a DUI defendant is guilty of the charge and a camera will show that because if a person truly cannot stand and truly cannot walk and can’t do the various tests, then ok. They should have to answer for that and go to court and whatever happens happens. But when the officers start to say that kind of stuff and it’s simply not consistent with the video that was shot from body armor, then that’s a good thing and it will be preserved on video, as it should be preserved on video, and this will cut down on some of these police shenanigans, both in DUI investigations and regular criminal matters.