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Many DUI Videos Detrimental To Prosecutors

Associated Press - December 23, 2014 8:29 am

A north-central Kansas man faces more than 16 years in prison for a vehicle crash that killed a teenager and her father.

Riley County police say they’ve mainly stopped using processing room videos in drunken driving cases because they often are detrimental to their cases.

Police Director Brad Schoen says defense attorneys often used the video recordings to poke holes in DUI cases, so his department stopped making them unless there was a problem with recordings from police vehicles.

County Commissioner David Lewis asked about the department’s recording policy after being contacted by a defense attorney who said the videos were becoming scarcer.

Schoen says it doesn’t make sense to make the processing room tapes when recordings from police cruisers are enough to establish probable cause.

Attorney Jeremy Platt called the department’s policy on the recordings “antiquated.”

Associated Press information from: The Manhattan Mercury

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