Cameras - 24/7
- ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. -- For more than eight months, police body cams at a northwest suburban department mistakenly recorded all the time, even as officers were taking bathroom breaks and involved in other non-essential police work.
Police body cams are supposed to automatically document what frontline officers see in the line of duty - interactions with civilians and suspects. But for the past eight and a half months in suburban Round Lake Park, the cameras never blinked. They were recording all the time, even when officers didn't know they were on.
Nobody has a good answer how it happened. But it has infuriated officers and their chief and has the manufacturer pointing a finger at them.
Guess how it happened?
- The Texas company that makes the devices promotes a feature that allows officers to recapture evidentiary video even if they have forgotten to record and in a statement the company's president says, "this feature can be enabled or disabled by department administration." He says they are working closely with the leadership of the Round Lake Park Police Department to assist and support them as they investigate this incident."
Anyone know if that "feature" is included on our cameras? And how much do you want to bet that someone already told the vendor, "Hell yeah, we want that!" if it's available?
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