I remember a time, long ago, when the news media would never post a photo of the body of a police officer or firefighter who had been killed. Those days are long gone. Bodycam Video Of Officer Being Killed Was Released… You WON’T See It Here!
At Law Enforcement Today we understand the need to report the news and when the subject of videos of officers being killed comes up we have made a simple and clear choice. You won’t see the videos here.
First and foremost, the majority of us are Cops, a combination of active and retired. A couple of our team are not, but they have many family members who are law enforcement officers. They are part of our extended blue family and they get it too.
So, when the news broke that the bodycam video of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio being killed had been released, we made a unanimous decision… You won’t see the video here on Law Enforcement Today.
I get it, there is a need to report the news, but I’m a Cop. Even though I’ve been retired for a very long time, I’m still a cop. My oath to enforce the law expired many years ago, but my promise to back up and help protect law enforcement officers has no expiration date.
I’ve met relatives of Amy Caprio and many of her Baltimore County Police family. I’m retired from the Baltimore “City” Police Department, which is a neighboring agency. Over the years we have buried far too many of our Brothers and Sisters. For those reasons you won’t see the video posted here.
We have a close working relationship with Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). We can’t speak for them, but we have had enough discussions with spouses of officers that were killed in the line of duty and none of them wants us to post these videos. For those reasons you won’t see the video posted here.
All of the Baltimore news media outlets are reporting on the story of the body cam video being released as part of the criminal trial. They are all taking different approaches to reporting on the story about the trial and the video. Some have shown parts of the video in their reporting.
For example Alex DeMetrick a reporter for WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore filed a video news report that showed a portion of the video. The body cam video stopped as the vehicle struck Officer Amy Caprio. The reporter said “WJZ won’t show show the rest. But, a somber jury saw and heard Amy Caprio dying from massive crushing injuries.” By not playing the rest of the video, WJZ apparently thinks that they are taking a stance that shows they have the moral high ground. And yet they contradicted themselves when they showed the video up to the point where she was actually being struck by the vehicle. Congratulations WJZ and Alex DeMetrick for displaying how little courage you actually have.
From ODMP.org , “Police Officer Amy Caprio was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a juvenile burglary suspect in Baltimore County.” Police Officer Amy Caprio was 29 years old when she was killed, had been a police officer for a little more than 3 years. She is survived by her husband, parents, and sister and her extended family of blue.
Amy Caprio was a police officer, a sister, a wife and a friend to many. She had a large family of Baltimore County Police, in addition to Baltimore City Police and other agencies across the State of Maryland. Amy was part of a nationwide family of blue.
For all the reasons listed above, you won’t see the body cam video of Amy Caprio being killed on Law Enforcement Today.