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Brickbat: In Plain Sight

Baton RougeJason Kolenda / Dreamstime.comA Baton Rouge police officer is under investigation after getting caught on body camera video saying she could search a vehicle without probable cause and say anything she found was in plain sight. When Robin Ducote said she wanted to search a truck, another officer asked if she had probable cause. "Yeah, they are both f****** passed out," Ducote responded. "So, if we find something, we say it's in plain view. Who gives a s***, we're writing this report."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In 2014, we interviewed Ducote after she graduated from the BRPD academy.

    Why?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    District Attorney Hillar Moore said he was awaiting the results of the police department's investigation. Moore said Ducote is a decorated officer with multiple awards for her service to the community.

    It's not good that the DA, in commenting on the case, comments on the number of decorations, as though police don't decorate each other as a way to insulate from the rare scrutiny they might get for wrongdoing.

  • Ride 'Em||

    The DA's probably thinking about all the cases he will have relitigate based on the video. I guess it is the reason these videos are not released.

  • Eidde||

    I guess the DA didn't read Comey's memoir:

    "There was once a time when most people worried about going to hell if they violated an oath taken in the name of God. That divine deterrence has slipped away from our modern cultures. In its place, people must fear going to jail. they must fear their lives being turned upside down. They must fear their pictures splashed on newspapers and websites. People must fear having their name forever associated with a criminal act if we are to have a nation with a rule of law."

    Or maybe it wasn't lies by police officers which get Comey and scum like him upset. It's lies by little people.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    She's under investigation for failing to turn off her body camera before saying that.

  • Longtobefree||

    Moore said Ducote is a decorated officer with multiple awards for her service to the community.

    So exactly how many of those decorations were legit? How many were just 'in the report'?

  • Jerryskids||

    A Baton Rouge police officer is under investigation after getting caught on body camera video saying she could search a vehicle without probable cause and say anything she found was in plain sight.

    It's bad enough the commentariat doesn't read the articles, but you'd think the guy posting the article would at least read the damn thing.

    Police confirmed in an email that the matter involving her was under investigation.

    See, the matter is under investigation, the police officer is not. If the police officer were under investigation, they'd be looking for wrongdoing on her part. If the matter is under investigation, there's no reason to believe that the officer is in any way at fault here. Procedural guidelines were improperly ambiguous or incomplete would be my guess, nothing a little training won't fix.

  • Jerryskids||

    Obligatory: "Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, 'cause I've worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time."

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    nothing a little training paid leave until this all blows over won't fix.

    FTFY

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Procedural guidelines were improperly ambiguous or incomplete would be my guess, nothing a little training won't fix.

    Specifically, the part where she forgot to turn off the body camera first.

  • gormadoc||

    I love the way the reporter on the right smoothly rotates, like he's a robot mounted on some platform.

  • Cyto||

    And now we all know exactly why the police are so opposed to body cameras.

    It isn't the one-off chance that they'll get caught using excessive force. That's a pretty rare event for most police, and can easily be handled by making sure the camera is off.

    But the off-hand comment that reveals casual corruption? That's way too tough. They all make such comments all the time, and would rarely notice that something they said could be embarrassing or dangerous to their career if it came out.

    These cops clearly didn't think violating the 4th amendment was unusual in any way. There's the story.

  • sarcasmic||

    Cops don't give a shit about our rights. Not one bit. They know that they are shielded by qualified immunity which grants them the power to do whatever they want, lie about it, and then get away with it. They are trained to put boilerplate language in their reports to justify whatever they do. Language like "I feared for my life" or "it was in plain view." And nothing else happens.

  • Árboles de la Barranca||

    ...you were "reaching in your waistband" for that comment!

  • sarcasmic||

    There is nothing shocking about this. Ask any defense attorney, prosecutor, or judge. They all know that every police report is a work of fiction, but accept that it will be treated as the word of God.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    What's shocking is that they let this get out to the public. If enough of this kind of stuff gets out, courts and juries might stop treating police reports and/or police testimony as divine writ.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Clearly she just needs some more training... to make sure she turns her body camera off before saying shit like that out loud.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Upshot? Mandatory training in ASL.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    So people who are so drunk they are passed out can not consent to a search?

    What else can they not consent to?

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