Sunday, May 25, 2014

Feds to Videotape Custodial Interrogations

Way overdue,
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday that the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement agencies would be required to videotape interviews with suspects in most instances, bringing the federal government in line with the practices in many state and local jurisdictions.
Full NYT article here.

From the actual USDOJ memo,
This policy establishes a presumption that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) will electronically record statements made by individuals in their custody in the circumstances set forth below.
Generally, this applies to custodial statements, post-arrest and pre-Rule 5, in connection with all federal crimes. Recording is to begin "as soon as the subject enters the interview area or room and will continue until the interview is completed." There are some exceptions to the presumption, of course, but any exceptions must be documented by the agent and reviewed.

July 11, 2014, is the effective date.

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