Lack of video in police chase spurs idea for new body cameras

HUNTINGTON CO. (WANE) The deputy involved in Sunday’s fatal police chase was wearing a body camera, however, it wasn’t turned on, according to Sheriff Terry Stoffel. As a result, Stoffel, who introduced body cameras to all of his officers two years ago, now wants to order new ones.

According to Indiana State Police, a Huntington County sheriff’s deputy was pushed by Larry Huey, 46 during the traffic stop which lead to a pursuit and ended when Huey crashed his pickup into a tree.

During the investigation, an officer noticed the deputy wasn’t wearing his body camera. It had fallen off when he was pushed and was later found on U.S. 24 where he pulled him over.

According to Stoffel, in the heat of the moment, the deputy thought he pushed the recorder on the body camera, just not correctly to make it record. It’s the first time in the sheriff’s memory that they wanted the video for the investigation and didn’t have it.

One officer in the department has already bought his own body camera and according to Stoffel, that camera is easier to turn on with a screen in the back that shows the camera’s recording. The camera can record 160 degrees around the officer. The current ones have the capacity of 110 degrees.

That’s why Stoffel sent an email to the department Tuesday with the news that he wants all new cameras. It’s unclear when he hopes to make a final decision or when those cameras will be replaced.

 

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