Morning Links: Police departments move toward cop-mounted cameras

  • More police departments across the country are outfitting cops with cameras mounted to their uniforms. Provided the video can’t be altered, and that there are sufficient privacy protections, this is a step in the right direction.
  • A public defender’s take on the use of jailhouse informants.
  • A Rhode Island police chief accused of retaliating against local city council officials who voted against a new police contract by saturating their districts with parking tickets will be allowed to retire with full pension benefits. That’s particularly insulting, given that police pensions was the subject of the dispute in the first place.
  • A Colorado juror says prosecutors were “shameful” in their 10-year pursuit of the death penalty for convicted murderer Edward Montour. Prosecutors typically talk about the rights of victims and victims’ families to be heard in the sentencing of convicts. In this case, the victim’s family wanted to ask the court to spare Montour’s life. So the prosecutors sought to bar the family from testifying. (More on this case from Andrew Cohen.)
  • Despite the constant harping about the threat of online sexual predators, there’s little data to support the idea that it’s much of a threat at all.
  • Finally, here’s the best video you’ll watch all week. Prepare for frivolity.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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