Police departments across the country are now requiring officers to wear body cameras. But a study released in the District of Columbia found that the camera requirement for officers in D.C. has had no significant effect on reducing complaints against officers or police use of force.
The shooting of an unarmed man in Charleston, SC. has shone a spotlight on the critical role cameras can play in encounters with law enforcement. From Ferguson, Mo. to the streets of New York and Washington, D.C, law enforcement agencies are quickly adopting body-worn cameras, but important legal and privacy questions remain over footage shot by both cops and citizens alike. Kojo examines how the now-ubiquitous camera — whether worn on a uniform or held in a hand — is changing community policing, and what rights and responsibilities come with this powerful tool.
- Alex Howard Columnist, TechRepublic; Founder, E Pluribus Unum
- Mickey Osterreicher General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
- Lindsay Miller Senior Research Associate, Police Executive Research Forum
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