Bullitt Co. officers now required to wear cameras

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by Rodney Spencer

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

WARNING: THE VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Bullitt County Sheriff’s office only recently invested in small mobile cameras. This is a new type of technology for the area.

Recently Bullitt County police officers responded to a call of a man acting strangely in his car. When they arrived on the scene, what they found was disturbing. As officers approached the vehicle, the man began climbing out of the window. He then leaped and got on all fours and started growling as he pursued the officer.

The officer tazed the suspect but he continued, eventually tackling him to the ground. A few nearby firefighters saw the incident and helped the officer hold the suspect on the ground until backup arrived.

The officer is fine but this incident is the perfect example of why Lieutenant Mike Murdoch says his department invested in mobile cameras

“That’s the good thing about these cameras is [that] even though this wasn’t the best video, as far the way it looked at night, it was hard to see but it gave us what happened,” Murdoch said.

Two years ago the county purchased several cameras that must now be worn by officers in the field. These cameras can record up to ten hours of video that is later stored in a database.

“We always go back and review the videos if someone goes in and gives a complaint. We are always going to do that but since we went to these cameras two years ago, we’ve had zero documented use of force complaints,” Murdoch said.

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