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Attorney believes court could force BCSO to implement body cameras

Ryan Laughlin
October 16, 2019 06:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Civil rights attorney Joe Kennedy believes Bernalillo County deputies could be breaking the law to arrest people.


“This is where the body cameras would help law enforcement, would help us to examine what exactly is going on," he said.

Kennedy uses the example of a “Terry Frisk” to make his point. It’s a search officers use to ensure there's no dangerous weapons that could harm them. Kennedy said the search is illegal to conduct without reasonable suspicion.

“They can't do it just on every person they stop or every person they interact with,” Kennedy said.

Sheriff Manny Gonzales firmly opposes body-worn cameras, which Kennedy believes would provide transparency.

However, Kennedy said Gonzales’ approval for those cameras may not be necessary. He said a court could require the department to wear cameras if someone sues.

“A court can order a police department to adopt reforms that will address concerns of unconstitutional policing."

In a statement, Sheriff Gonzales said BCSO is focused on lawfully combating crime while high-priced attorneys make their millions from suing the government at the taxpayer expense.


Ryan Laughlin

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