The number of U.S. police departments outfitting their officers with body cameras increases each year, but the cameras can pose a threat to civil rights if the departments fail to set rules that govern when officers review footage from their cameras, according to a new report.

The vast majority of the nation’s biggest police departments allow officers to watch footage from body cameras whenever they want, including before they write their incident reports or make statements, said the report, which was released Tuesday by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

“Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” said Vanita Gupta, former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and current head of the Leadership Conference, in the report’s introduction.

Because an officer’s memory of an event may be altered by watching body camera footage, doing so will likely alter what officers write in their reports. That, in turn, can make it more difficult for investigators or courts to assess whether the officer’s actions were reasonable based on what he or she perceived at the time of the incident, states the report, “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence.”

Body camera programs are in place at 62 of the 69 largest U.S. police departments, according to a scorecard released Tuesday by the Leadership Conference. Most of those departments—55, or almost 80 percent—allow officers to view their footage whenever they want.

The Leadership Conference report advises that police departments institute a “clean reporting” policy, under which officers write an initial incident report before reviewing any footage. Only afterward would they watch the footage and write a second, supplementary report.

“We make the case that in the interests of consistency, fairness, transparency and accountability, clean reporting should be adopted as a standard practice for all police departments with body-worn camera programs,” writes Gupta in the introduction.

Some policing experts say officers should view the footage before writing a report to make sure the account is correct.

“They want to be as accurate as they can,” Lance LoRusso, an ex-cop and current Atlanta attorney who represents police officers, told the Associated Press. “This specter that every time an officer looks at the video they’re going to lie and adapt their statement just is infuriating because we want the officers to write the most accurate report they can.”


It is interesting that the same groups that were demanding that officers wear body cams, but now realize that those same body cams are used as evidence against them and want to complain about that. It’s the old saying be careful what you ask for you just may get it.

I related as similar to when they brought in slow motion instant replay to professional sports like baseball, and it showed for the most part how good the umpires and referees were. But it did help tremendously when there were problems and there seemed to be ongoing problems too.

You can’t complain for years about something that you want, or you think you need, to monitor the police and then complain about it when you get it, you need to live with it.




Cops from adjoining Detroit precincts argued with one another, shoved and even threw punches Thursday night time throughout a raid on a suspected drug home, leaving two cops injured, an investigation beneath method and a black eye on the division.

“That is in all probability certainly one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a news conference Monday afternoon at police headquarters.

Two officers accused of exchanging punches as the incident unfolded have been placed on restrictive duty and a supervisor was reassigned from special operations pending the outcome of the investigation, Craig said.

Poor communication led officers from the 11th and 12th Precincts to be in the same area, at the same time, without proper notification, Craig said.

Officers from the 11th Precinct planned to raid a suspected drug house in the area they are responsible for covering. As they approached it about 6 p.m., the officers confronted two people several doors away, apparently not realizing they were undercover cops from the 12th Precinct, Craig said.

The officers from the 11th Precinct ordered the undercover officers to the ground and at some point an officer pointed at shotgun at the pair. Shortly after, the 11th Precinct officers continued to execute the search warrant.

“This is when it started to go terribly wrong,” Craig said.

Officers from the 12th Precinct, who were working a drug investigation and had a team in the area, approached the 11th Precinct officers as they conducted the raid.

Video from the scene captured arguing and shoving among some of the two dozen officers there, Craig said. The video has not been released but is being reviewed as part of the investigation that will be turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether charges will be filed.

“At one point during this situation, one officer grabbed another,” Craig said, adding one was put in a headlock and a punch flew. Then an officer punched back.

One officer sustained an injury to his lip and the other officer has an injury to his eye. The officers, one from each precinct, were treated for their injuries and have been put on restrictive duty, officials said. Craig said assault and battery charges could come from the incident.

 A third person, a supervisor from the 12th Precinct, has been reassigned as the investigation continues.

“It appears that this supervisor did not have control of the situation,” Craig said.  “And had a tendency to get the officers from the 12th Precinct excited to the point we have this very embarrassing situation.”

Craig said somebody from the 12th Precinct should have let the 11th Precinct know their offices planned to be in the area, but that didn’t happen.





Ohio will provide a wedge-shaped pillow to help a condemned inmate breathe as he’s being executed this week, among other accommodations the state is considering.

Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position, according to a medical review by a physician contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Dr. James McWeeney noted there were no objective findings such as increased pulse rate or breathing to corroborate Campbell’s anxiety. Nevertheless, he recommended allowing Campbell to lie “in a semi-recumbent position” during the execution.

The same exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell’s arms.

Campbell, 69, has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit, the doctor said.

The prisoner’s attorneys say he uses a walker, relies on a colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer. They have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Wednesday’s execution, because of his poor health, a motion opposed by the state.

The attorneys have warned that Campbell’s death could become a “spectacle” if guards are unable to find suitable veins in the sick inmate’s arms.

Earlier this month Campbell lost a bid to be executed by firing squad after a federal judge questioned whether lawmakers would enact the bill needed to allow the method.

Prisons department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Monday that Campbell’s “medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution.”

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien calls Campbell “the poster child for the death penalty.”

Prosecutors say his health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed a teenager during a carjacking.

Campbell was paroled in 1992 after serving 20 years for killing a man in a Cleveland bar. On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.

Campbell took the deputy’s gun, carjacked 18-year-old Charles Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Campbell was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, his attorneys have argued in court filings and before the Ohio Parole Board.




Country star Randy Travis is no stranger to the stage. His work over the decades has earned him every imaginable accolade.
His return to the stage after suffering cardiomyopathy will be a special moment.

“It’s not about money; money can’t buy what he needs,” said lifelong musician and friend, Dave Alexander.

The tune of life is not always harmonious. Viral cardiomyopathy had essentially shut his heart down. After the massive stroke and bouts of pneumonia, Randy Travis would spend five and a half months in the hospital.

“Life was minute to minute. They said ‘pull the plug, there’s no hope,'” said wife Mary Travis.

His wife Mary tried everything. She took him to countless hours of rehab and therapy, and the results were positive but slow. Randy uses a word at a time to speak, but it wasn’t like that for the music. Randy Travis is a real testament to the power of music. The music that made him could also save him.
“I’ll be honest with ya, I didn’t know if he was gettin’ it. And I couldn’t get any response to know if he was gettin’ it,” said Alexander when asked about one-on-one music sessions with the country legend.

Musicians started to hold sessions in Randy’s living room, the same place that holds Randy’s first guitar. Dave Alexander told WFAA that the first couple sessions he would start with some old country songs with Randy. Soon Alexander would start singing Randy’s songs.

“I can see it in his eyes. I just know when it reaches him. I have no doubt it reaches him,” he said.

The breakthroughs were noticeable. Randy can sing the first stanza of “Amazing Grace” unassisted. “It’s a special song for us,” said his wife.

The stroke that shut off part of his brain could not shut out the song he kept in his heart. “He’s using his mind to connect pitch, rhythm, and the emphasis of the songs,” said Alexander.

His own songs are coming back too, slowly. Even the word “Amen” in the song “Forever and Ever Amen” is so fittingly his to sing. “We’ve used that [word] a lot in these four and a half years,” said Mary.

The man who musically had nothing left to prove is having to prove it all over again.

Dave and Randy are collaborating. The pair is doing shows to raise money for the Randy Travis Foundation. Alexander said 100 percent of proceeds go to cardiomyopathy research, for patients in stroke-recovery, and to keep music in schools.

“We can still serve a purpose. We just sing a new and different song now,” Mary said.




Most people don’t think about the idea that things that we use on daily basis, such as, toilet paper can be dangerous to our health. We don’t want you to make you feel upset, but to be aware of the possible dangers that you consume or use every day and how to make right choices in order to keep yourself in good health. Every day, we absorb thousands of chemicals into our bodies from personal hygiene paper and other products. We wipe our faces, hands and intimate areas with these products, exposing our bodies to harmful chemicals and toxins over and into our bodies repeatedly. We do so thinking we’re limiting the risk of disease, not increasing it.

When it comes to toilet paper, everyone will go for the softest and the whitest paper possible. But the truth is, this kind is the most toxic for your body. The shocking information is that there are 100.000 chemicals used in commercial paper products: baby wipes, paper towels, coffee filters, milk cartons, ect. The most dangerous of these toxins is chlorine, and along with other chemicals, these substances enter through our skin, get into our blood and can cause serious illnesses. Chlorine is dangerous in a way that forms dangerous toxins dioxin and furans.

Why White Toilet Paper is Toxic

It is well known that toilet paper is made from wood and the logic tells us that it should be brown. Why is it so white than? Unfortunately, paper industries use chlorine and chlorine dioxide to bleach it. Bleached paper is believed to be the most carcinogenic chemical known to science! These chemicals react with organic molecules in the wood and other fibers to create many toxic byproducts, including dioxin. The term dioxin is often used to include three acutely toxic chemical groups: true dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). All these are responsible for many health problems such as cancerhormone imbalancesimmune system impairmentsreduced fertility and birth defects. Chlorinated toilet paper contains highest amount of furans out of all cosmetic tissues, and is one of the most toxic human-made chemicals. The scary thing is that dioxins accumulate in our body overtime because it cannot be excreted, and causes dangerous health situation. Studies have found correlations between high workplace exposure to dioxins and increased risk of cancer.

Other Harmful Chemicals in Toilet Paper

What’s worse, there are other chemicals in toilet paper that you are wiping onto your body and which are known to be carcinogenic:

– Bisphenol A (BPA) which concentration is proven to be very high in paper products, including recycled toilet paper.

– Formaldehyde which is used “to improve the wet-strength and other ‘important’ characteristics of paper and paper products”.

What Should You Do?

Just like food packaging, you need to read the labels on your toilet tissue too. Here’s what to look for:

– Brown or beige paper! Toilet paper brown or beige in color is usually made without bleach but lacks softness and contort.

– BPA-free paper products that have not been recycled and have not, therefore, ever been exposed to chlorinated bleach.

– TCF (Totally Chlorine-Free items). Look for toilet paper marked TCF which is non-recycled paper bleached with oxygen, ozone, or hydrogen or

– PCF (Processed Chlorine-Free), recycled paper bleached with oxygen, ozone or hydrogen peroxide, therefore, processed chlorine-free.

– Avoid paper marker ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free) which may contain higher levels of toxicity.

Accused of Touching Strangers’ Belly Buttons

Gets Him Banned from Ohio Campuses


A judge must decide how to deal with a man diagnosed with autism who has repeatedly violated his probation for sexual battery by asking women to touch their bellybuttons.

Graig Burrier, 29, of Stow, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating probation after approaching a female jogger and asking to see her bellybutton twice in July.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Rowlands must decide whether to send Burrier back to state prison or to an inpatient treatment program for sex offenders in Minnesota.

Burrier’s attorney, Joe Gorman, says his client is autistic and should be given treatment, not prison. Prosecutors argued that Burrier is not autistic and want him to finish the remaining two years of a suspended prison sentence.

“This was not an impulsive behavior; it was deliberate,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a statement on Thursday. “This is not the type of behavior someone with autism typically exhibits.”

Autism spectrum disorder is an umbrella term for a group of developmental disorders that can affect a person’s ability to communicate. Repetitive and inappropriate touching could be a sign of the disorder, but it is difficult to say, said Angela Scarpa, a psychology professor at Virginia Tech, who was not addressing Burrier’s case specifically.

Burrier was charged with rape in 2011 after he told a pregnant 19-year-old that he needed to touch her bellybutton for a fraternity ritual. Authorities said he pushed her against a wall and digitally penetrated her.

As part of a plea deal, he was sentenced to five years’ probation and a four-year suspended sentence, and was released from prison in 2016.

Burrier previously had been diagnosed with autism. But when Rowlands ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, psychologists said he did not “display symptoms” of the disorder, according to the evaluation obtained by The Akron Beacon Journal.

The evaluation listed five incidents between 2007 and 2010 when asked to see women’s bellybuttons. In one instance, he paid an 18-year-old woman $3 to kiss her navel.

Court records show that Burrier had been charged with three previous probation violations. Less than four months after being convicted in 2012, his probation officer said Burrier was suicidal and had made no progress in treatment. He was sent to prison in August 2015 for another probation violation and was released in July 2016.

Prosecutors say Burrier already had a chance at treatment and sending him to prison would protect women from harassment. Gorman argued the treatment wasn’t enough and that inpatient care is a better long-term solution.

“I can’t imagine housing him in our state prison facility for two years is going to stop the problem,” Gorman said. “They’ve already tried that.”

Matthew Lerner, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, said autistic people often run into challenges because of their difficulties with different social contexts.

“It’s a really pressing matter,” Lerner said. “The criminal justice system is not often equipped to handle people with autism.”




According to the Autism Society here is their definition of the affliction:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.