Dash cam video will not be a part of the crash investigation into the last week's accident on North Market and Barton Drive. Shreveport Police Department Policy does not require dashboard cameras in patrol cars driven by Lieutenants.
According to Shreveport Police, on November 6th Shreveport Police Lieutenant Joseph Bartlett was driving southbound on North Market Street when Kenyon Williams, 15, and Jermone Houston, 16, collided with the patrol car while riding their bike.
There was not a dashboard camera in Lt. Bartlett's car the night of the accident.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense when it comes to dollars and cents," says Shreveport Police Cpl. Marcus Hines when asked why Lieutenants are not required to have dashboard cameras. "They do respond to crime, they do respond to calls for service on the streets, however, their main role is administrative which generally doesn't need a camera in most cases."
Caddo Parish Sheriff and Shreveport Police crash investigators were back at the scene of the accident yesterday re-creating the crash. There is no word on when crash investigators will finish their investigation.
Jermone Houston is still in critical condition at LSU Medical Center, and he is expected to be transported to Children's Hospital in New Orleans by early next week.
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