On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was shot by a city of Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop. Although a video of the incident has been recovered, the audio recording doesn’t include anything between the time the officers exited their car to the time that the gunfire started. Pittsburgh Police Department policy requires officers in vehicles with cameras to record the audio of the taped encounters. Officers are “are required to ‘carry the audio transmitter throughout their tour of duty’ [and] are not permitted to deactivate the microphones.” An assistant city solicitor speculated that the officers may have accidentally left the microphone in their vehicle.
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