Move Law Through Ohio Senate Quickly
Once in a while a piece of legislation is introduced that makes the general public ask, “Wait, we weren’t doing that already?”
Ohio lawmakers have just such a proposal in front of them now, in the state Senate. It would make mandatory the recording of interrogations of individuals in custody and accused of serious crimes like murder or rape. It seems a no-brainer that such a requirement would protect both suspects and the officers.
But according to a 2012 study only about half of departments record interrogations.
If the bill passes, officers will also have to record interrogations of suspects charged with voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, attempted rape and sexual battery. That means there will be requests for funding for proper equipment to both record and preserve that data.
It shouldn’t take much discussion to get full support on this one, folks.