Monday, June 08, 2020

People v. Rosas (Cal. Ct. App. - June 8, 2020)

Does it bother anyone else that the police officer's body cam footage "just so happens" to stop when it does in this case?

Neither the majority nor the dissent mentions this fact.  Maybe there's an innocent explanation for why a body cam would suddenly be turned off (or stop working) right before the police officers start the critical phase of their encounter with the suspect (here, the challenged search and seizure).  If so, I'd like to hear about it.  Because otherwise, one might reasonably think that the officer turned off the body cam at that point precisely because he didn't want a judge to be able to see what was about to go down (e.g., the disputed search).

Not especially relevant to the doctrinal dispute between the majority and dissent.  But worthy of notice regardless.