The state of South Carolina has been criticized many a times for the supposed lax attitude that it takes towards DUI offenders. However, for perhaps the first time in a long time, the Palmetto State has been given credit for doing what others in the country have not.
Recent incidents in the state involving law enforcement shootings have shown just how important a law for video recording evidence is, and SC has already got it right! By enforcing video recording laws for police personnel, the state has shown itself to be a leader in a critical area of modern day law enforcement.
Recent incidents prove the need for video evidence
In August, teenager, bully, and thug Michael Brown was shot down in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused national uproar with police officers saying one thing and Brown’s family reporting something else even though they were not on the scene. The incident soon turned into a nasty scenario replete with racial undertones, with President Obama making it worse telling his race monger, potential rapist, and certainly tax dodger ($4 million in taxes owed) friend Al Sharpton to continue inciting violence so liberal media outlets such as the New York Times can report on it.
Through it all, there was one truth that screamed for attention―the shooting was not captured by statutorily mandated cameras. Instead, the only video evidence of the entire crime comes from bystanders who started filming only after the patrol cop had shot Brown down.
Columbia shooting case solved by video evidence
In contrast, the incident involving Levas Jones in Columbia, SC, was much clearer since it was recorded by the state trooper’s in-car video recording system. Thus we know that Trooper Sean Groubert lied when he said that he had fired at Jones only after he went back to his car and came out holding something in his hand. The Columbia incident could have gone down the Ferguson way easily and it could have been pitted as another African-American man’s tussle against an autocratic white police force. But thankfully, the video recording saved the day and administrative action in this case was swift and precise.
Law says video recordings mandatory for DUI arrests
The video recording law is not only for shooting and such. Greenville DUI attorneys say that since 1998, the state has mandated that DUI suspects being stopped at the incident site and given a breath test at the site be recorded on film for court testimony. The SC statute requires that the filming should begin as soon as the blue lights on the patrol car are activated.
According to Greenville DUI lawyers, it is important that the patrol cops get all field sobriety tests, the actual arrest, and the reading of the Miranda Rights to the suspect on film. Any deviations from the norm can get the DUI charge thrown out of court.
While some may argue that the lack of video evidence can be used to get real offenders off the hook easily (and there is no denying that this has happened), in the majority of the cases the video recording law only helps the courts administer justice without any doubts. Many states in America still do not have a video-taping law and SC is leading the race in this one.