By way of SiteMetre, I discover that I have apparently been discovered by a forum run by the CopWatch folks.
I've never had any dealings with CopWatch -- but I have to admit that I find the idea somewhat interesting. Being filmed by a allegedly neutral third party (more on that in a bit) during arrests seems to me to be somewhat of a godsend.
DWI? Subpoena your CopWatch guy as a witness, and let the jury view your suspect doing the Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises from the second viewpoint of his video.
Resisting arrest charges? Evading? Most of the damned time the resisting and evading takes place out of view of the cruiser dash-cam. With your very own camera dude, this isn't going to happen again. Your arrestee takes a swing, or develops rabbit blood -- that video is going to ensure that his lawyer doesn't get to baffle the DA into a plea-bargain with 'he-said, she-said' arguments. Dude, we've got video!
When a citizen files suit claiming that you were racially intolerant; scared her puppy; tracked mud in the house; failed to say "Good Morning" or any of the hundreds of bushwa civil complaints -- depose the CopWatch person.
Not to mention the fact that his video would be invaluable in a counter-suit for slander, harassment or perjury.
Of course, all of the above is predicated on the assumption that the CopWatch folks truly are neutral third-party observers.
One of their Forum Staff is of the opinion that I -- how did it go?
"He doesn't give a **** about Maxima's safety or Constitutional rights."
"To my mind, this *** is a piece of ****."
Not mention I'm apparently also: "deranged", "schizophrenic", and "unlikely" to "actually be a thoughtful, decent person".
Goodness. And him not even knowing me.
Ah, well. One more bunch of folks on the List Of People What Hate My Guts, But Couldn't Pick Me Out Of A Line-Up.
On to more pleasant things.