A former Missouri deputy has pleaded guilty to federal charges of using excessive force and obstructing justice during a traffic stop. Donald A. Devens of Smithville admitted that he not only assaulted motorist Wesley A. Lewis in August 2005 (by kicking him in the groin and punching him in the throat when he was handcuffed), but he then tried to destroy the tape on the dashcam. It didn’t work.
Devens, 59, was a Clay County deputy for four years before resigning in October 2005. He now faces up to 30 years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $500,000.
Once again, these stories should not only reinforce the need for dashcams in every patrol car (both for the protection of officers and motorists) but also laws requiring all interrogations to be videotaped. The FBI and other police organizations have opposes such a move, though some jurisdictions already use such videotapes. At the moment, the FBI only turns on the videotape when they want to capture a scene and turn it off when they do not want a record.
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It’s a shame that police officers like him make society question the motives of police officers that actually had to use force to subdue a person in order to protect themselves and others.
(Wow, that’s a run-on sentence, now isn’t it?)
I agree Rafflaw, cameras should be in all interrogation rooms and holding cells, along with voice recorders. It’s for the protection of all those involved in the situation.
I guess we should be happy that this indivisual did not taser the victim. I am glad that the police have the camera’s in their cars which can be used to protect the police officer from invalid claims of abuse.(And catch them when they are abusive) I think that all police stations should have cameras in every holding cell and interrogation room to protect the innocent.
Police abuse, brutality, and incompetence will continue to increase until the implementation of higher entrance and retention standards occur within local, state, and federal LE agencies.
Dumbing-down qualifications for individuals who can legally deprive citizens of their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is never a cogent decision.
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