Moriarty: Saved by a police car video; more cruisers need cameras

Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D-Gloucester) had the following published recently in The South Jersey Times:

“This month marks the second anniversary of my so-called ‘fall from grace.’ It was July 31, 2012, when I became the latest poster child for out-of-control, corrupt politicians. That was the day I was arrested in Washington Township for driving recklessly and driving drunk.

“Just one problem: None of it was true. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was falsely accused, my civil rights violated.

“How was I able to turn the tables and prove my innocence? I got lucky. It was all on video!

“Fortunately, what I experienced is fairly atypical. More often than not, it’s the police who are unfairly accused of wrongdoing or inappropriate behavior. Without visual evidence to the contrary, they are often subjected to internal affairs investigations, accusatory headlines and frivolous lawsuits.

“That’s why we need a standard approach to video cameras in New Jersey’s police cars…”

To read Assemblyman Moriarty’s op-ed in full, click here.