LAPD, Union Agree on Random Checks of Body Cam Footage

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The Los Angeles Police Department will soon start reviewing random recordings from body-worn cameras to make sure officers are following guidelines when dealing with the public, the Los Angeles Times reports. Chief Michel Moore told the Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday that he reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file cops, to inspect recordings that don’t involve arrests or the use of force.

The inspections will allow supervisors to determine whether some officers need additional training or counseling to prevent instances of biased policing, Moore said. Supervisors will make sure officers aren’t rude and that they explain their actions when stopping people, he said. Tom Saggau, a spokesman for the police union, called the inspections “a really good thing” and a way to provide additional training to improve the department. The union’s board of directors is expected to formally approve the agreement at its next meeting. The LAPD collects about 14,000 recordings each day and has accumulated recordings totaling 2.1 million hours. Last month, the Times reported the body-worn camera recordings helped determine officers committed infractions in 56 cases in 2018. But police leaders found 264 other complaints against officers “demonstrably false” or resulted in complete exoneration, according to an annual report presented to police commissioners.

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