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  • Legal Corner: Viridian Weapon Technologies

    Response to Weekly Challenger Article

    Readers and website visitors, below is a Letter to the Editor that I sent to The Weekly Challenger news publication in response to a Letter to the Editor from Seville C. Brown III, the National Director of the National Christian League of Councils (NCLC) in September. Mr. Brown discussed what he believed is an unacceptable time frame for the City of St. Petersburg, Florida to test and implement a Body Camera program, now apparently over four years after the City made the decision to investigate the option.  As part of his commentary, Mr. Brown noted that St. Petersburg has been testing Weapon Mounted Cameras for the past year rather than body cameras.  He labeled WMCs “Police Death Cameras” having a sole purpose “to record your death or imminent death.”  We felt the need to respond.

    Published at: 04-06-2019
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    Controversy escalates in Sacramento by California DA in Stephon Clark Case

    Controversy has escalated over the past month in Sacramento with the decision announced by the California Attorney General and Sacramento County District Attorney that charges would not be filed against the officers involved in the tragic March 2018 shooting of Stephon Clark. Investigation and, inevitably, further controversy will continue, however, as the U.S. Justice Department will now be doing a civil rights investigation.

    Published at: 05-04-2019
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  • Legal Corner: Viridian Weapon Technologies

    Ok, what is this analysis all about?

    As Viridian gets increasing publicity about the Weapon Mounted Camera, it is a challenge to avoid overreacting and the temptation to respond to any stated misconceptions about our product that come with that publicity. (Beggars can’t be choosers?) Our esteemed President & Founder, Brian Hedeen, recently did an entertaining and informative interview with KTAR Radio in Phoenix. The hosts, Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, were engaging and well-prepared and displayed that they understood the key themes of our product. We greatly appreciated the opportunity for the large market reach provided. In my role at Viridian and against my better judgment, however, I cannot resist the temptation to respond to one of those misconceptions that was illustrated in the coverage.

    Published at: 28-02-2019
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    Media Inquiring into Weapon-Mounted Cameras in aftermath of Hoover mall police shooting

    Viridian found itself as part of news coverage in Alabama this past week surrounding the tragic Thanksgiving officer-involved shooting at a mall near Birmingham. In light of the recent news, associated with the Alabama Attorney General report and decision not to charge the involved police officer, that the police Body Cameras were not activated prior to the shooting, media outlets have inquired about our Weapon Mounted Camera. There had been previous Birmingham-area media coverage of the Viridian WMC adopted by other Alabama agencies, which has informed Alabama viewers that our device records automatically when the officer’s gun is drawn, and we believe would have captured this event.

    Published at: 20-02-2019
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    How and why officers did not have their Body Cameras activated in Memphis OIS

    Written by Matthew Plowman, J.D.
    General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

    The fall out continues from SEPTEMBER’s tragic shooting in Memphis of Martavious Banks following a chase and traffic stop. As we have seen so many times, the focus is not on what really happened but on how and why the involved officers did not have their Body Cameras activated. Facts are still sketchy, but we understand from media reports that Banks was originally pulled over in a traffic stop and did not have ID or proof of insurance and officers report that a gun was spotted...

    Published at: 09-11-2018
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