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Why is the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department Union fighting the use of body cams for its officers?

Answer:  I suspect it's because the rank and file cops don't want the public to see how they make arrests, car stops and the like.  Many citizens complain that the police treat them rudely and act like bullies, especially when making an arrest. I have had clients complain of illegal car and home searches when the police suspect criminal activity - but then it comes down to the cop's word versus the suspect's word.  And the Courts often side with the cop.  Wouldn't it be beneficial for all to have an unbiased video and audio recording of all police encounters?  

My lawyer can get me probation for my felony arrest. That's a good deal, right?

Answer: Not necessarily. Prosecutors sometimes dangle a sentence of probation in exchange for a guilty plea. Sometimes, it's a fair deal. But before you run into court and grab probation to avoid jail time, have you considered all the collateral consequences that a convicted felon faces? A federal judge recently wrote that the effects of living as a convicted felon "can be devestating" and amounts "to a form of civil death".  

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