Attorney at Law Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C. Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
In 2014, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department officer captured his officer-involved shooting with his body-worn camera (BWC). The video captured the public’s attention and went viral. Soon after, the local district attorney brought murder charges against the officers involved. As a lawyer for the defense team, I was faced with the following problem: BWC video do not capture what the officer actually saw. I had to show that video is not equivalent to human vision. This presentation will introduce audience to common types of perception errors, both physical and psychological, and offer some suggestions to assist lawyers explaining the differences between what the officer saw and what was captured by the BWC.