The lawyers figured that such misconduct had already been recorded. In Tenaha, the policestation and cars were outfitted with video-surveillance equipment. And Boatright, for one, said that on the night of her detention Washington told her that the whole thing was being captured on film. Garrigan had requested footage of traffic stops made by Washington and his partner, along with related video from the station, but got nowhere. Then, after the Tenaha lawsuit caught the attention of the national media, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice launched its own criminal investigation into the alleged abuses. Several months later, in October, 2009, large stacks of optical disks were finally turned over. Garrigan and Guillory now had hundreds of hours of digital footage to sort through. Garrigan hired a colleagues adult son to sit at a large oval wood veneer table with a laptop and a supply of Starbucks, sorting through it all. (Hes still at it.)

Curiously, most of Barry Washington’s traffic stops were absent from the record. In those instances where Washington had turned on his dashboard camera, the video was often of such poor quality as to be «useless», Garrigan says. There was hardly any footage of his clients, including Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson.

In James Morrow’s case, a sliver of video was identified from Constable Randy Whatleyʼs camera feed, which captured part of the man’s detention by the side of the road. Washington could be heard instructing Whatley, «Would you take your K-9? If he alerts on the vehicle, I’m gonna take his mamaʼs vehicle away from him, and I’m gonna take his money».

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