Video Shows Kansas Cops Tampering with Man's Home Security Camera
Kameron Prouse, a Wichita resident, posted a video to Facebook showing two Wichita cops walking up to his porch and one cop turning the camera away so the officers wouldn't be seen while the other rings the doorbell.
Prouse said he's glad he was asleep and didn't hear the doorbell when the cops arrived because of what may have transpired if he were awake.
He didn't realize the camera was tampered with until he woke up Monday morning and noticed the camera on his porch pointed the wrong way.
"That put me in fear for my family," he recalled, after reviewing the footage.
"When they moved that camera, I couldn't see who they were. So had I opened the door and there was a weapon in my hand then it would've been a confrontation between me and the officers," Prouse told KAKE.com in an interview.
Wichita police told Prouse the officer seen in the video turned the surveillance camera away to protect him and his partner from a potential ambush.
But that doesn't sit well with Prouse.
"That's my security. That's what helps me sleep at night, and if you take that away from me like they did then it's a fearful world," Prouse said.
"If I can't feel safe in my own home then where are you going to feel safe at?"
Criminal defense attorney Charles O'Hara was surprised after seeing the video.
"For an officer to think that it's okay for him to turn the camera away or hide the camera I think it's inexcusable," O'Hara told KAKE. "I think most policeman would not turn a camera, and I'm surprised that that happened."
In his Facebook post, Prouse writes officers were "checking his cars and damaging his property" without a search warrant or apparent reason.
A spokesperson with the Wichita Police Department called Prouse late Monday and said the officers were at his residence responding to an anonymous report about a domestic disturbance.
But Prouse says he has no idea where that may have come from.
"I've never had a complaint on me, nobody in my family that I know of. So I don't understand where that (sic) come from."
Wichita police are aware of the video and say the department will soon provide more information.