Brazos County Attorney Brings Dash-Cam to Texas

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

When it comes to using police dash-cam video in a courtroom, you might say Brazos County Attorney Jim Kuboviak wrote the book. In fact, he's written two of them.

Before dash-cams, officers video taped DUI suspects at the station.

"But that was sometimes 45 minutes, an hour-and-a-half, sometimes two hours after the arrest, and the effects of alcohol were not see on the defendant like they were on the side of the road," said Kuboviak.

So Brazos County Attorney Jim Kuboviak brought the idea of mounting cameras in squad-cars, to Texas.

At first, models were big and bulky, and not everyone was on board.

"They were afraid that 'oh they're gonna catch me with my hat off or I'm gonna cuss when I shouldn't cuss,'" said Kuboviak.

Today, dash-cam video is digital, and small, and as in the case of the Caldwell shooting, the video can help exonerate officers.

"And its also weeded out some bad ones- an example is one that was in South Carolina a few years back," said Kuboviak.

By and large, Kuboviak says dash-cams have not only kept officers in line, the video has protected careers.

"What they found out is for every time they said a word that they shouldn't say, they were falsely accused many more times than when they did something they shouldn't."

Thanks to Kuboviak, dash-cam is helping put juries in the driver's seat, all over Texas.


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