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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles’ random checks of the 14,000 body-camera recordings made daily will serve as a check on biased policing and allow supervisors to determine whether some officers need additional training or counseling, the department says.
Cincinnati Police announce purchases of Axon’s newest body cam as other major cities, including Washington D.C., and New York, appear to be debating police body camera effectiveness and battling implementation.
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.