State gives $700,000 for police interrogation videos
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is awarding
nearly $700,000 in grants to local police departments for equipment to
videotape interrogations of suspects, saying they help prevent wrongful
convictions and false allegations of investigator misbehavior.
According to the Division of Criminal Justice
Services, prosecutors in 29 counties will administer the grants to buy
or upgrade equipment for about 150 police departments and sheriffs'
offices, including 55 getting them for the first time.
That's expected to bring the technology to about 400 of the more than 500 law enforcement agencies statewide.
The state has spent more than $3 million on the program since 2006.
District attorneys are expected to partner with
police to develop protocols detailing types of crimes that would require
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