DC Police Officers Dispute Body-Worn Camera ‘Misconduct’

Michael Tobin, director of the Office of Policing Complaints, testified during an oversight hearing last week that in nearly half the videos reviewed following a complaint, officers broke department rules. Tobin said they were not major offenses, in most cases.

“The majority of it is … an officer not telling the community member that, ‘Hey, you are being recorded.’ And then the second biggest violation that we’re seeing is officers turning off the camera too early,” he told Chair Brooke Pinto, Ward 2 council member, during a Public Safety and Judiciary Committee hearing.

But D.C. Police Union President Gregg Pemberton took issue with Tobin’s characterization of misconduct, calling it “utterly false.”

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