MINOT, N.D. — The proliferation of cameras — from smartphones wielded by the general public to dash cameras and body cams used by the cops themselves — has been a when it comes to accountability for law enforcement.
The cops haven’t always liked it. They’ve resisted body cameras in the past. We often see evidence of cops harassing citizens who are recording them. But, in the aggregate, we’re gaining more insight into how cops do their jobs out on the streets, and what we’re seeing isn’t always very pretty.
But sometimes, even when cameras provide an objective point of view, the cops still decide to lie.
One such incident recently made its way to the North Dakota Supreme Court.