ALLEGAN — In the days after an Allegan County deputy shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in June, there was concern about a lack of video documentation because the deputy who fired the fatal shot was not wearing a body camera and his cruiser was not wearing a Dash Cam.
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The deputy who encountered Joseph Nagle, 22, that deadly June night, was not equipped with a body-worn camera because — although the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department had just purchased about 75 cameras — that particular deputy had not yet been trained on how to get there. one can use.
“We tried our best to get them in the field as quickly as possible,” said Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker.
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If the same incident happened today, there would be video – because the training process is complete and all Allegan patrol officers and sergeants are now carrying cameras.
“We know this is the best way to be transparent,” Baker said. “We know this is the best way to provide the best evidence. We know it will be helpful in pursuing our cases. If someone watches the video, it’s hard to argue what happened.”
ACSO also equips some correction officers with bodycams. Baker says the more transparency, the better, for everyone involved.
This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Allegan County Deputies complete bodycam training after deadly shooting