Body Cameras

KKTV 9/17/2017 10:17:43 PM: jessica leicht takes a closer look into one case, that could have been different if there was body camera footage from after the crime. you may remember this man … his name is 23-year-old ahmed almesbahi. he was a student at u- c-c-s, when he was arrested last october. arrest papers obtained by 11 news, outlined the gruesome way he allegedly tried to end his girlfriend’s pregnancy. according to court documents, he got a knife and started cutting into her stomach, telling her he was going to quote take it out … he then reportedly used items including a shishkebab skewer, to induce an abortion. the woman, lost the baby the next day. charged with several felonies including the unlawful termination of pregnancy, he was facing life in prison if convicted. an el paso county judge dismissed all the charges, because the victim returned to her home country, kazakhstan. which meant she couldnt testify. you may be wondering why body worn cameras could be helpful in a case like this. dan may/4th judicial district attorneys office “we try to train officers to 09:46:47 develop a case where we don’t have to call the victim, in case they don’t show in court, are reluctant to come forward, disappear on us.” body worn camera footage as evidence, is a benefit in documenting officer’s interactions with suspects and victims following a crime. especially domestic violence victims, who may later recant. jessica stand up at da’s office “the district attorney’s office tells me in el paso county 50-percent of domestic violence victims take back their stoiry the very next day. 09:45:26 “part of it may be having to be in front of a jury one day trying to explain the most intimate or serious thing that ever happened to them in their life. so it is difficult sometimes to get prosecutions in these cases.” as for victims, who may not be cooperative – prosecutors say body cam footage helps them capture victims statements and reactions right after a crime. but interviews recorded on body worn cameras can’t be used, unless the victim is in the courtroom. 09:47:40 “that’s still hearsay and it’s inadmissible so there are pieces of evidence we can use when the victim doesn’t show up but there’s parts we can’t use unless they are there. that’s what’s frustrating if you have a victim who skips the country, because a lot of times we don’t have to resources to find people around the world. we then review the case and see if we can convict the case without the victim.” the d-a would not comment directly on the dismissal of almesbahi’s case, because the judge sealed it.. officers who responded to this crime hadnt been