Monday, July 30, 2012

Video Of Police Shooting

13 WTHR Indianapolis

WTHR released dramatic video footage captured by a dash cam on board a Fortville police officer's police cruiser when 27-year old James Lockhart opened fire on Officer Matt Fox last Friday night following a brief chase and seriously injured Fox. Other police officers later cornered Lockhart in a Lawrence subdivision nearby and killed him after exchanging gunfire with him. The video footage provides excellent evidence of what happened in the incident. Most IMPD police cruisers don't contain dash cams. The video cameras on board police cruisers can become a double-edged sword for police when they capture footage that shows a police officer using excessive force or otherwise engaging in inappropriate conduct during a traffic stop. In this case, the video provides clear evidence the victim later killed by police had first fired on a police officer without provocation.

4 comments:

SW Lane said...

Agreed with all except for the double edged sword line. Most officers I know appreciate those cameras because it can provide better testimony than just one's words. I've also heard comments that because there is supervision of one's actions by the camera, that it improves professional behavior. IMPD should have those, but instead, apparently "Job1" now means feathering the nests of those you appoint.

Look at the bright side, Gary. Had this idiot mayor hired you, you would have left a long time ago. At least you didn't have to prostitute yourself and morality for a place at the table.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I suspect the presence of the dash cam does impact positively most officers' conduct while on the job, but I've seen plenty of dash cam videos floating around the Internet that show police officers using a lot of profanity and otherwise engaging in unprofessional conduct or even using excessive force. I just saw one on Infowars the other day about a beating Pennsylvania state troopers gave to a guy who showed no signs of resisting, all caught on a police officer's dash cam.

Indy4u2c said...

It's not ordinary work the police do; every day can be The Last. Remember, they do it for us!

Marycatherine Barton said...

I am still wondering just who is James Lockhart III, and why he reacted the way he did. I hope to find some discussion about that subject, and how many more such angry men are 'out there' in our neck of the woods.

I too fervently wish that IMPD had those cameras, and pray that e that Officer Matt Fox is recovering nicely. The fear and agony in his voice is unforgetable.