March 18, 2015 10:45 am -

pilot-nypd-camera-program11[su_r_sky_ad]Body cameras can yield strong evidence of criminal wrongdoing – even when the perp is a cop:

A veteran Las Vegas police officer has been suspended and accused of misdemeanor battery after a body camera he was wearing provided evidence that he injured a woman he arrested for littering and loitering for the purpose of prostitution, authorities said Tuesday.

An expert said it might be one of the first cases in which a body camera has led to criminal charges against a police officer.

Officer Richard Scavone, 43, used “not only excessive, but also unreasonable” force in the 5 a.m. Jan. 6 scuffle in a neon-lit industrial area one block west Las Vegas Strip resorts, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters outside Las Vegas police headquarters.

“We’re not going to shy away from bringing these incidents to light when a body camera captures actions of one of our officers that do not appear to be within the confines of law and policy,” McMahill said.

The video, as part of a criminal investigation, won’t immediately be made public, he said.


D.B. Hirsch
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5 responses to Vegas Cop Wearing Body Cam Faces Battery Charge

  1. CHOCOL8MILK March 18th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the video evidence will be presented, and whether the prosecution is impartial.

  2. jybarz March 18th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Great capture, body cam! You’re working as intended.

    ‘Camera’ ‘battery’ ‘charge’ words give me another mental picture.

  3. rg9rts March 19th, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Thats the whole idea behind body cams…isn’t it..???.

    • Larry Schmitt March 19th, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Which makes you wonder how stupid this guy is, that he knows he has a camera running, but still uses unnecessary force.

      • rg9rts March 19th, 2015 at 6:14 am

        They are only used to dash cams…I guess