New York State Grant Will Expand Videotaping of Interrogations

, New York Law Journal


According to New York state, 345 law enforcement agencies are currently videotaping interrogations. But there are more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state, and many of the smaller police departments and sheriff's offices in rural counties do not have the equipment.

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Originally appeared in print as New State Grant Will Expand Videotaping of Police Interrogations

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  • Paul Robinson

    Uh, let's see, a color video camera that can be plugged into a wall with a running clock costs about $300 plus maybe $20 for the tripod, and can record up to eight hours on an internal hard drive or on SD media, and time-coded video can be stored on DVD for about 25c per 2 hours, I can see where they can't even afford the capital cost of about the equivalent of one week's salary for a clerical employee to have a camera that will last several years. Or having a black-and-white surveillance camera plus recorder might cost as much as $200. Plus they need to have one for each simultaneous confession, that's a lot of expense.
    It's just basically cops lie to suspects all the time and don't want the evidence around to prove it.

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