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Columbia County Sheriff Resists Body Cams



Sheriff Clay Whittle made the decision years ago not to ask for funding to equip his officers with body cams, and he says he has not changed his mind. Whittle says that unless he is compelled by state law, he has no plans to make it policy for a multitude of reasons.

“First, it is enormously exp...

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  1. Scott, I learned something new today about local law enforcement and body cams. First of all, I thought it was pretty much mandatory for or unanimously chosen by police departments.

    I also learned city and county officers/deputies operate differently and can respectfully agree to disagree on the use of body cams. Conflict is good. It opens things for discussion. It makes for a well-balanced story.

    Well written Scott. I am proud of you dude.

  2. I’m a staunch supporter of Clay Whittle and appreciate the job he and his officers do in Columbia County, but he is wrong is this issue IMO. I firmly believe that EVERY official interaction between police and citizens should be on video, and that includes the probable cause used for a traffic stop. Considering the atmosphere of mistrust being sown for the past few years, it benefits the officer as much or more than it does the citizen.

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