Why Bodycams Should be Mandatory for (Some) Federal Law Enforcement

There’s persuasive evidence that body-worn cameras can improve encounters between police and the public. It’s time for federal agents to join the thousands of local law enforcement agencies who wear them, especially after the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, say two criminologists who have written a book on the technology.


Columbus Police Chief Steps Down

Thomas Quinlan, the police chief of Columbus, Ohio, is stepping down amid multiple controversies, including the recent fatal shootings of two Black men in the city by law enforcement.

AZ Body-Cam Donation Shrouded in Secrecy

Unable to find the money to outfit all Arizona state troopers with body cameras, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that an anonymous donor will supply the state with 150 cameras free of charge. But he’s not saying if this gives a particular vendor a lock on a services contract.

New Video Evidence Surfaces in Ahmaud Arbery Case

The newly released video footage depicts an intense interaction between Arbery and the police in 2017 that almost led to the
Georgia man being tased. Other evidence raises questions that support advocates’ claim that racial profiling was involved.

NY State Police Among Last Holdouts on Cameras

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.


The Body-Cam Dilemma: Should Cops Ever Push the ‘Off’ Button?

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.