Police Body Cam Legislation Moves Forward
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on May 08, 2015 in The Firm
The state Senate passed a measure that would arm law enforcement officers across the state with body cameras. The legislation requires all police to wear the cameras and use them to record interactions with the public.
The issue is gaining momentum, on both sides, following officer-involved shootings across the country.
Supporters argue the cameras will help provide a clearer picture of facts, especially when allegations surface in a dispute. Supporters also argue that the body cameras would make officers more self-aware and promote better behavior.
Under the legislation everything recorded would be retained under existing policies governing law agencies. Officers would also have to inform citizens that they are wearing the devices.
However, critics are raising both privacy and financial concerns. The cameras will cost most departments six-figures to outfit all of their officers. And that estimate doesn't even cover the cost of maintenance and data storage fees, for months or in some cases, years.
While there are still specifics to be worked through, the bill includes a list of circumstances under which video recorded by the cameras is to be released to the public.
In most instances, when an individual is accused of committing a crime, they will be required by law to appear in court to determine whether or not these crimes actually took place. This decision will then determine if that individual will experience any type of punishment, and if so, to what extent.
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