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Florida Police Officers Caught on Tape Lying about DUI Accident

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Alexandra Torrensvilas was arrested in February on DUI charges after Office Joel Francisco slammed into the back of her car at a stop light.  Several of Francisco's fellow officers came to the scene for assistance.  After she was arrested, handcuffed, and placed in the back of the squad car, the officers discuss their plan to pin the responsibility of the accident on Torrensvilas.  The discussion regarding lying on the police report was caught on the officer's squad camera.


Charges against Torrensvilas were dropped on Wednesday.

This is precisely why all traffic stops, interrogations, searches, and other police-citizen encounters should be recorded. Officers are just people, and some of them lie. Perhaps an officer has lost perspective on the criminal justice system and is willing to say and do whatever is necessary to ensure a conviction. Perhaps the officer is lobbying for a promotion and needs to ensure convictions to help the cause. Perhaps the officer made a mistake or violated a law and is trying to avoid the ridicule, embarrassment, departmental discipline, civil liability or criminal prosecution that would come if what he did was exposed. Perhaps the officer is trying to protect a fellow officer from ridicule, embarrassment, departmental discipline, civil liability or criminal prosecution for something the other officer did. Whatever the reason, the ugly truth is that some officers lie - about the reason for a traffic stop, about performance on field sobriety exercises, about what a suspect said or did, about where contraband was found, about, etc. Would you rather see a movie yourself or have someone else see it and tell you about it? Of course, you'd rather see it yourself. Well, in Virginia, since most police vehicles do not have audio and video recording equipment, we rarely get to see and hear what actually happened - and instead we are essentially stuck with the officer's version of what happened. This video shows why Virginia's system is a dangerous system which undermines the confidence the public can have in receiving a fair trial. If this encounter was not accidentally recorded, no one would have believed the woman arrested for DUI. How many other times have these officers lied? How many times have they "bent it a little"? And how many times does it happen in places like Virginia where recordings are rare? Why would a state elect to not record police-citizen encounters? Aside from the obvious practical benefit of not having to rely upon the officer's biased version of what happened, recording police-citizen encounters serves everyone because it protects the honest officers and occasionally exposes the dishonest officers. So ask yourself, why does Virginia not require all law enforcement cruisers to be equipped with audio and video recording equipment? If you would like to see recording equipment in all law enforcement vehicles, contact your Delegate and make your opinion known.
Posted by T. Kevin Wilson on July 31, 2009 at 08:38 PM

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