Police body cameras raise other questions
Apr 11, 2015 12:05 am
Azi Paybarah in Capital New York reports that while in parts of the country there are many calls for body cameras on police officers, in New York City, there are also questions about how the surveillance may violate civil liberties. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James aired her concerns. “Who has access to the video? Who will be opted out—[for example] victims of domestic violence? How will we store it? What will be the cost? What will be FOILable? Who will have access to it through Freedom of Information requests? What other agencies will have access to the video? Is it primarily property of the NYPD or any other entity? Those are some of the issues we have to discuss." Last August New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton also said there were, "logistical, technological, and legal challenges” about video storage, preservation, and access. Currently, NYPD officials are in Los Angeles, studying how that city adopted police body cameras. Read the full story in Capital New York.