Gilmer law firm helps equip Gilmer PD with body cameras
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Sep 27, 2015 | 2493 views | 4 4 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer law firm of Goudarzi and Young, LLP has donated $2,500 to help Upshur County Crimestoppers finance 12 body cameras for the Gilmer Police Department, said Crimestoppers board member Cynthia Clark.

Crimestoppers gave an additional $4,000 while an anonymous donor contributed another $500 for the cameras, she said.

“It’s going to be great to have them,” Gilmer Police Chief Mark Case said Tuesday. He said the devices will “better protect citizens and officers.”

The cameras, which are about three to four inches long and two inches wide, record all interactions between officers and citizens they deal with, he said.

The chief said he would go before the city council Tuesday night (Sept. 22) to receive its approval for accepting the law firm’s donation before ordering the cameras the next day. He said he did not know when they will arrive.

The police department had enough funds to get a few of the cameras, and Crimestoppers “stepped in to help us,” Case said.

In a prepared statement, attorney Marty Young of the law firm said, “For many years, we have seen the benefits of law enforcement officials having the use of body cameras. They not only protect the officers; they also protect the citizens.

“The Gilmer Police Department has operated for too long without this useful piece of equipment,” Young wrote. “Now the officers serving this community will be fully equipped with body cameras, an essential tool for the modern police force.”

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anonymous
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September 28, 2015
The need to give the ones that run the jail in Upshur county.. Because there is one of them for sure, that says crimes happen in HIS MIND!

Just stating a FACT!

The truth was told up front.. But in his mind, it was something else..

There fore instead of federal trump up charges where filed.. It should have been a class c misdemeanor .. Just STATING THE TRUTH! AGAIN..
Charles L Bloss Jr
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September 28, 2015
This is outstanding. These cameras will show exactly what happened, so juries will no longer have to try and guess who told the truth. Also complaints on police brutality can be investigated more easily. My wish is that every street cop in our country had a body camera.
anonymous
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September 28, 2015
yes it could be a good deal.. but the truth is.. WHO IS MONTORING the film.. Just saying..

As we have government watchdogs all the time.. It is kind of like putting the fox in the hen house.

As at some point, everyone thinks they are above the law..

Just stating a fact.
anonymous
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September 28, 2015
Hell, maybe the everyday citizen should wear one for his own protection, and we have law enforcement.. Who IN THEIR MIND...

Just telling the truth!