The police officer who videotaped the night authorities responded to the shooting death of fellow police officer Elbert Piolo took the stand today with his attorney present.
Officer John Edwards was wearing a body camera the morning police arrived at Mark Torre Jr.’s residence. Prior to taking the stand, he invoked his 5th amendment right as it pertained to certain lines of questioning.
Jay Arriola, Mark Torre Jr. attorney asked: “You are present here today with your attorney Mr. Clyde Lemons today? Is it true, sir, that if I ask you any questions about you’re employment records from the Phoenix Police Department or the Guam Police Department, that you will refuse to answer those questions and assert your 5th Amendment right to remain silent and your 5th amendment right against self-incrimination?”
Edwards answered: “Yes.”
Edwards did, however, recall testimony from Torre’s trial in 2016 and 2017. His testimony centered around the body camera footage and its use the night of the incident.
Edwards testified in 2016 during Torre’s first trial that he bought the body camera for his protection and also for accurate documentation of scenes.
The Guam Police Department, however, has no rules, regulations, or policies associated with the use of body cameras by police officers. Torre’s attorney further pointed out that as of today, GPD still does not utilize body cams.
On the stand today, Edwards broke down how to operate the body camera as well as how to retrieve the footage captured. Edwards testified that 48 minutes’ worth of footage was captured at the scene and that footage was turned over to the FBI.
Edwards, however, did not testify towards the contents of the video, or the statements made by Torre Jr. regarding what transpired at the scene.