Midland County Deputies To Wear Body Cameras Soon 2/13/14
February 13th, 2014
Officers will be required to wear the cameras body cameras at all times. Today, CBS 7 asked would they help if a deputy is involved in a shooting or assault.
Officials say they there is no such thing as an open and shut case, but these cameras will be a valuable tool in cases.
"They would be able to document the events that happened, perhaps more directly," said Teresa Clingman, the Midland County District Attorney.
Sheriff Gary Painter says these cameras will allow juries to see if his deputies are doing the right thing.
"When they watch this camera they can see the defendant in action, exactly what he says, exactly what he does," he said.
Ector County deputies started using body cameras this year. Sergeant Gary Duesler recorded our interview on his body cam to show how it works.
In the interview you can clearly see what I am doing and hear what I am saying.
He says the footage from the cameras is being used as evidence for current investigations.
"We're in the business of justice," said Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.
He says the cameras are welcomed as more evidence can only help to find the truth.
"Well, anytime you have video evidence it's a good thing. Anytime you can get more evidence the better it is," he said.