The Saline County Sheriff testified Wednesday, April 25th, in a criminal trial that the best evidence in the case would be the officer's written report, not the video of the incident in the jail that his staff failed to preserve. Unbelievable in so many ways. First, does he really think a judge, jury, or individuals cannot look at a video and determine what it shows? Secondly, an officer's report in and of itself is hearsay. An officer can refer to it to refresh his memory, however, he must testify from his own personal knowledge. So an officer's written report is not evidence.
The Sheriff evidently did not know that his own department's policy required the department to keep video when criminal charges were going to be filed. Nor did he know that over a year ago the policy changed from keeping the video for 3 months to keeping it 6 months based upon a sound thrashing on a case where videos were not kept. In that case the judge told them that storage for digital media was cheap and they needed to make arrangements to save it when a criminal charge was filed. As a result, the Sheriff's office removed all cameras from the BAC room at the jail. So there is never any video when someone is being tested on the BAC machine for DWI. Somehow the video is always kept if it helps them. Why is it never kept if it might show something beneficial to the defendant?
Is this what Saline County really wants? If it is, then Saline County citizens get the justice they deserve. I am not supporting any particular candidate for Saline County Sheriff, but I will not vote for the current one.