Lawsuit: Police videotaped DUI suspects undressing, using the toilet – CNN.com

Let’s let the camera tell us the truth here . . .

Lawsuit: Police videotaped DUI suspects undressing, using the toilet – CNN.com

In the subject story, the Police Department is being accused of taking video of women in various stages of undress in a cell after their having been arrested for DUI. Now, the suggestion is that only attractive women are filmed and only attractive women are instructed to undress in this cell under the camera view.

All Correctional Facility uses video cameras for security and surveillance today, both Jails and Prisons. This is a necessity for a number of reasons, but this is not what is being challenged. So, these are what I believe needs resolved in this matter.

  • Are only attractive woman charged with DUI placed in this cell?
    • If this is a truly routine use situation, men and unattractive women should also be recorded here, and certainly more than those charged with DUI should also be recorded.
  • Is the camera used for viewing the health and welfare of the arrested DUI person?
    • DUI arrested people are intoxicated and pose a risk of injury to themselves due to their intoxication.
  • Are all uses of this cell recorded by video?
    • In situations where it may be necessary to observe the subjects, the recording may be at the discretion of Officers, but is everyone recorded or just specific subjects?
  • The subject story suggests that other people are allowed behind a curtain to undress, why not all people allowed the same?
    • If there are instances of differing treatment of arrestee’s, why?

There are a lot of reasons why use of a cell with a camera is a good idea. Health and safety of the arrestee is one of the biggest. Drunk or intoxicated persons are prone to fall type injury just because they have been drinking. They also have a tendency to freak out when confined and want attention which may lead to self-injury. Any correctional setting would be wise to consider such observation and recording. However, all arrestee’s fitting a certain criteria such as a risk assessment of danger presented to themselves. But again, all persons fitting this criteria should be subjected to the same treatment.

Personally, I can think of no reason for which only attractive women (and in this case one man) would be subjected to video surveillance and recording. If such is being done not in accordance with the correctional facility policy ( This is probably covered by a Departmental written policy ) then action need be taken to see it stopped. However, once arrested the arrestee may as well consider her/him self property of the Facility. It is their responsibility to see to your health and welfare. While, I question the use of this cell and cameras being used in this circumstance, I have no doubt that such use could be both beneficial  and supportive of legal actions. I mean, a Cop cannot be accused of inappropriate touching during the arrestee’s undress if the cop does not ever touch. A cop cannot be accused of beating an arrestee if the video shows the arrestee fell on her face.

But again, selective usage on only attractive women? I would check the recordings for others recorded.

Also, for what time period are the recordings retained. Certainly, there is no need for long term retention of such recordings.     

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