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Police To Question Man In Videotaped Dispute Outside Apartment
KNBC Channel 4 News ^
| June 6, 2005
| City News Service
Posted on 06/06/2005 6:53:32 PM PDT by RLM
LAPD files a case based on video survelience when, according to the TV report, the alleged victim does not want to press charges. To avoid copyright issues I'm not excerpting the original story but the link will get you there.
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; leo; police; spousal; spousalabuse; survelience; video
I don't endorse spousal abuse, or any other abuse for violence for that matter, but I'm concerned when the police feel compelled to file a case without a victim complaint, simply based on a survelience video. I don't know the circumstances in this case, but it appears the man is assaulting the woman. But, my concern is if a survelience video is misinterpreted and rough housing or playing is construed as assault, and a case file simmply based on the video. In other words, survelience video alone should not be the basis for filing a case.
posted on 06/06/2005 6:53:33 PM PDT
I think it depends on how conclusive the video is. Our judicial system is reasonably good about determining when there is enough evidence to prosecute a violent crime.
I don't have a problem with the state prosecuting domestic violence cases without the victim's consent, any more than I have a problem with them prosecuting murder cases without the victim's consent.
If the victim is really not a victim, and just a consenting participant in rough play, they are free to testify to that effect.
posted on 06/06/2005 6:56:59 PM PDT
In other words, survelience video alone should not be the basis for filing a case.
Get used to it. I think this will become more commonplace as more and more cameras are deployed.
Watch your p's and q's ;^)
posted on 06/06/2005 7:21:31 PM PDT
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