Monday, December 7, 2015

Lancaster County DA asks police to hold off on body cameras for a year

Reasons to wait
In his two-and-one-half page memo, Stedman cited the following concerns:
Pennsylvania's wiretap law:
"... it is currently unlawful for anyone to record events inside a private home without the consent of all parties. Thus, the police must either obtain consent or turn off the recording whenever they enter a home. Obtaining consent could be time consuming and of course result in someone refusing to talk to the police and thus hamper an investigation. If the police are engaged in a pursuit which enters a home, they must either stop the pursuit entirely, stop the pursuit turn the recording off, or break the wiretap law. None of these options are good and each will be counterproductive to justice and public safety."

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