Videotaped interrogations may one day be standard practice everywhere

Videotaped interrogations may one day be standard practice everywhere

As Justin Fenton reports for the Baltimore Sun, the policy of videotaping
interrogations has been a “long-resisted move,” but one that
the Baltimore Police Department is seriously looking into. It got its
start with sex-offense unit reforms, videotaping interviews of alleged
victims of
sex offenses.

Not every police agency in Maryland employs videotaping, but there are
now 42, and one sheriff said, “It’s pretty much standard for
progressive law-enforcement agencies. People are finding out that the
things Hollywood portrays really don’t take place.”

Whether or not that’s true, the general consensus seems to be in
favor of videotaping. Fenton reports that the Baltimore public defender’s
office and the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office both support it.

While Baltimore County police have “long taped” interviews,
other agencies, like the Baltimore Police Department, are only now just
exploring taping options. “I’m committed to doing this,”
says Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III, as Fenton
reports. “But it’s not as simple as going to Radio Shack and
bolting a camera into the wall.”