There’s been a lot of debate over whether or not police officers should wear lapel cameras, but this is a clear cut case for how they can help police!
In Albuquerque, NM, APD officer Jared Frazier pulled over 23-year-old Deanna Griego for a possible DUI. She tried everything to pass, claiming she was “going to school for being a cop,” and that she had a speech impediment to explain her slurred words. Finally, after failing all the street-side sobriety tests, she was brought down to the station where she blew .13 blood alcohol content during the breathalyzer test. That’s where all her sweetness turned.
Griego asked to use the restroom, and while in there Frazier heard her asking someone “How can I get this officer in trouble?” Officer Frazier realized she had stuck her phone into her bra during the sobriety check on the road, and she still had it with her.
“You’re not allowed to do that,” Frazier says in the video, opening the bathroom door a few inches but not so far as to actually see her. “Go ahead and step out. You’re on the phone; you need to step out.”
Griego then tries to turn the situation, saying that Frazier is violating her rights by opening the door — even though he clearly can’t see her– and then she publicly accuses him of inappropriately touching her while she was waiting in her car.
“The whole thing’s on video ma’am; you can say whatever you like,” Frazier calmly responds, his lapel camera still shooting the entire interaction.
APD union president Stephanie Lopez released this statement about the incident:
The desire to frame officers for wrongdoing is a growing issue facing officers every day. We believe that the public should be held accountable for filing false reports against police officers. These incidents can be very damaging to an officer’s career, so we hope that this individual and others face appropriate consequences for their malicious actions.
TheBlaze spoke with Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier. They said the police will not be pursuing additional charges against Griego even though the woman falsely accuses cop of a crime. The reason? The police do not want to set a precedent that could discourage other potential victims of sexual assault from coming forward.
Watch the whole incident in the report above.