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Boise wins dismissal for client, thanks in part to police body cameras

Marija Boise won a motion Jan. 10 to dismiss charges against her client, a day before the case was set to go to trial in Clark County District Court.

A judge agreed with Boise that prosecutors had insufficient evidence to prove their case.

A key to winning her motion was footage from the body cameras that Vancouver police officers started wearing last year. The judge was able to see for herself what Boise’s client did – and didn’t do – during the incident that led to the criminal charge.

Her client was charged last year with obstructing a law enforcement officer, a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. The crime is defined as anyone who “willfully hinders, delays or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official power of duties.”

In April, her client went to where Vancouver police officers were investigating a DUI collision. A vehicle had crashed into a residence in the Rose Village neighborhood. Officers recognized her client, who was described in police reports as “a known provocateur” who “frequently seeks confrontation with police.” The client shouted at officers, walked through the crime scene and picked up traffic cones that had been set out to divert traffic. 

Officers referred the case to the Vancouver City Attorney’s office, which decided to file the misdemeanor charge of obstruction. The prosecution had planned to call three VPD officers to testify at trial.

Officers with the Vancouver Police Department started wearing body cameras in 2023, four years after a spate of officer-involved shootings prompted public calls for the use of cameras. In late 2022, the Vancouver City Council accepted a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Justice to help pay for the cameras.

Tags: Clark County, dismissal, District Court

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