It should be real simple to accomplish police reform; Turn off your body cam and get a free ride to jail in your own squad car. Every cop in the country should be required to wear one and to turn it off should be a felony. The body cam footage should be public record and immediately available for review without edit. It is about time that our out of control “Public servants” be brought back into control by those who supply their paychecks.
“A Queens cop is facing a misconduct charge after a shady gun arrest during a car stop, according to cops and police sources.
Police Officer Kevin Martin, 43, was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and cut free with a desk appearance ticket for official misconduct and tampering with evidence, according to police and prosecutors.
Police sources say the charges stem from a car stop where the cop claimed to have found an illegal firearm — but when he pulled the vehicle over his body-worn camera wasn’t rolling.
Martin later turned the camera on, showing him pull the gun from the car, but the time didn’t match up to the stop, according to the sources.
“We commend the Internal Affairs Bureau, in partnership with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, for a thorough investigation,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The internal investigation is ongoing and the officer’s current duty status is suspended without pay. We have no further comment.”