A Smart Step for JusticeSep 25, 2012
In a significant law enforcement breakthrough with likely national implications, the New York Police Department has adopted a broad policy of videotaping custodial interrogations in murder, serious sex crime and felony assault cases.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the initiative. Aimed at deterring false confessions, and strengthening police and prosecutorial credibility and integrity, the plan will use private money from the Police Foundation to help install video capability in every police precinct and make videotaped interrogations standard procedure. It builds on a two-year pilot program in Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as recommendations from the Innocence Project and a task force created by the state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman.
Source: The New York Times