Police Security

WPD reviewing actions of officers who moved security camera

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department says it is reviewing the actions of two police officers who adjusted a home security camera while responding to a call.

"When an officer can articulate safety concerns, I am supportive of their decision," WPD Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a preess release. "With rapidly changing technology and the increasing number of home security cameras, the WPD continually reviews practices to ensure they are in line with the expectations of the community and officer safety." Police say the two officers responded to a call at St Francis Hospital late Sunday involving 41-year-old Brandon Prouse and a woman who was possibly a victim of domestic violence. Police say hospital staff had removed Prouse's house arrest anklet and a disturbance between him and the woman followed.

She told hospital staff that she was concerned for her safety because the two live together. Hospital staff contacted police, but when officers arrived at the hospital, Prouse and the woman had left the hospital. Officers then went to Prouse's home on South Market to look for the woman.

Police say officers researched Prouses's criminal background and discovered he had prior incidents of violence and domestic violence. Once at his home, police observed a surveillance camera mounted on a swivel next to the front door. Due to safety concerns, police say one of the officers turned the camera away from where the officers were standing.

In the officer's report, he stated "Due to the recent violence towards Police Officers, and the possibility of Brandon being violent towards Police Officers, I turned his surveillance camera towards the house so it could not see me. I did this for my Safety and [the other officer's] safety. I felt that with it being able to view us, there was a chance if someone inside the residence wished to do us harm, all they had to do was view the camera and then target us through the wall, without us ever knowing."

He also stated that he attempted to squash a large bug on the porch with his boot while walking up to the front door. Both officers left the home because they did not make contact with anyone. Police say both officers had body-worn cameras and both were recording during the visit.

Police say those videos will be part of the internal review.
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A Wichita man says a police office turned his surveillance camera, so he called the Wichita Police Department to find out why. In the video, you see two officers step onto his porch, look at the ground and then one of the officers moves the surveillance camera. Doing so, takes the officers out of view.

Kameron Prouse saw the video Monday morning, and he said WPD told him it was for their safety. "I was just astounded that the camera was turned," said Prouse. "I didn't see any reason as to why it was turned. If they have body cameras on to see they're safety, I have my own camera for my safety, so I don't understand why mine was shut off or disabled or whatever you want to call it.

That put me in fear (for) my family." Just before the officers step onto his porch you see some type of spark fly onto the porch in the left corner of the screen and another in the distance. "It could have been a bug," said Prouse. "It could have been something tossed.

It could have been a cigarette that one of the officers might have been smoking, I don't know." Moments later, two officers come up onto his porch. "Then he starts kicking something around," said Prouse. "That's the only thing that really made me nervous."

Then the officer sees one of his surveillance cameras and turns it. It took a phone call to police for Prouse to get an explanation. He said police told him they were responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home.

"He explained to me that certain people are ambushing the police nowadays, and with that being done, he needed to turn off... basically disable it, so I could not look at the camera and see where they were at on my porch," said Prouse. "I guess they feared for their safety." He was asleep when this happened, but he still has questions. He said he didn't hear anything last night, and there was no dispute at his home.

Prouse wants to know who told police there was a disturbance and why police didn't try harder to get in touch with him.

Police told KWCH they are looking into it, and a spokesperson for WPD wasn't sure if it is policy to turn surveillance cameras like you see in the video.

Security boosted after gunfire outside Texas police station

DALLAS (AP) Dallas police officials have advised officers to boost security outside the city's police stations after someone in a vehicle opened fire with a gun near a station. Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell tells The Dallas Morning News someone was shooting late Saturday night near the city's Central Division station but it's not clear if they were shooting at the police station or in another direction.

He says a security guard at a utility company office in South Dallas also was shot at by someone in a vehicle that matched the description of the one near the police station.

Investigators have recovered similar shell casings from both scenes.

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