After a fatal shooting in May by New York State troopers, the Associated Press surveyed the states’ primary law enforcement agencies and found only five states that do not use dashboard cameras. New York State Police, who also lack body cameras, say they have no plans to change, but the state’s attorney general is pressing them to change their minds.
In a 42-page report published Thursday, an ethics board concluded that facial-recognition technology is not reliable enough to be used on body-worn cameras, given that it doesn’t equally identify people across all genders, ethnicities and races.
A review of body-worn camera policies in 10 metropolitan police departments finds most require cameras to keep running during nearly all civilian encounters. A Columbia University researcher says the policy is a critical safeguard against implicit racial bias.
A review of 70 studies of police body-worn cameras finds that they win support from police and private citizens alike, but their impact on officer behavior and on citizen views of the police is not consistent.
The Caroline County, Md., state’s attorney said Thursday that there is not enough evidence to indict anyone in the death of Anton Black, the 19-year-old who died of cardiac arrest after a struggle with Maryland police in September.
Cops have been known to manipulate body camera evidence to support their version of fatal encounters with civilians. That’s why video footage should be closely examined through courtroom questioning, argue two researchers.