Earlier this month I wrote a blog that discussed if the implementation of body cameras would begin to hold police officers accountable for their actions. After a recent event this week I know want to talk about what is going to be done to officials who are tampering with footage in order to not get in trouble. Over the past couple of years new videos being filmed have started to incriminate cops, but now we are also seeing an increase of police attempting to tamper with equipment. News segments are talking about events where the reason that there is no footage was because the cops put the batteries in wrong, “forgot to turn it on,” asked bystanders to delete what they filmed, and as of this most recent event police are now being accused of deleting video evidence. The event that I’m talking about that has made headlines recently has to do with Chicago police officers shooting a man last October. 17-year-old Laquan McDonald that night was supposedly under the influence of the drugs walking around the streets brandishing a knife and at one point starts to slash tires. When this story was first reported the officers stated that they tried to box the man in and ordered him to drop the knife, but then the man allegedly lunged at police and one officer opened fire shooting him in the chest. A year later after reporters pushed for the dash-cam video to be released Officer Jason Van Dyke has now been charged with first degree murder. The footage showed the man walking past the officers, about 20 feet to the left of them when he’s then shot 16 times and the officers leave him be until he dies. Based on the situation,whether the officer’s judgement was wrong or not will be up to the courts, however the issue that has made the case controversial is that the officers are being accused of erasing footage that captured the event from a local Burger King’s cameras. After the shooting four officers entered the eatery and after they left 86 minutes of footage was missing and during that span of deleted footage was when the incident occurred. If the cops believed they were in the right to shoot the man then they wouldn’t need to be hiding evidence that would contradict their claims. Last post I said that jurors need to not view cops as being above the law when viewing their actions on tape, but now we’re having to deal with cops messing with equipment/footage. The thing is though is that cops tampering with evidence has been an issue for decades. Hopefully the courts begin to crackdown on this so that this long-lasting problem can be properly dealt with.