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NYPD Body Cameras Fail to Deliver Accountability

What started off as a wellness check in the Bronx resulted in 16 rounds fired at Miguel Antonio Richards, who lost his life earlier this month.  Miguel, a college exchange student from Jamaica, was 31 years old and had been living peacefully in his apartment building for several months, until his landlord called NYPD for Read more

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MAG-Net Media Justice Salon: Body Cameras and Police Surveillance: Police Accountability or Harm?

On January 20, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net)  and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice hosted the Media Justice Salon, Body Cameras and Police Surveillance: Police Accountability or Harm? Local police departments, municipalities and the federal government are dumping tremendous public resources into the acquisition of body worn cameras. These devices have yet to be Read more

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D.C.’s pending body-camera law, with strong civil rights protections, has passed an important hurdle — but it isn’t final yet.

Last Week,  Washington D.C.’s Council gave a first vote of approval for new body-worn camera rules that, if enacted, would give the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C. some of the strongest body-worn camera policies in the nation. The new rules would not only make footage available to the public and press, but would also Read more

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Police Body Worn Cameras: A Policy Scorecard

The Center for Media Justice and others worked with the Leadership Conference and Upturn to produce this great report on Police Body Worn Cameras.  This scorecard evaluates the body-worn camera policies currently in place at more than two dozen police departments across the country. The goal is to highlight promising approaches that some departments are taking, Read more

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A Police Body Worn Cameras: A Police Scorecard

The Center for Media Justice and others worked with the Leadership Conference and Upturn to produce this great report check it out! In the wake of high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, Baltimore, and elsewhere, law enforcement agencies across the country are rapidly adopting body-worn cameras for their officers. One of the main Read more

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Many Police Departments Have Dismal Body-Camera Laws

This article was originally posted on the Atlantic and written by Robinson Meyer. It has been reposted with their permission. In the past year, protestors and activists have accused the U.S. police departments of systemic racism and abuse. The nation has an app for that: Police body-worn cameras. Since last fall, outfitting every cop on Read more

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What should access to body-worn camera footage cost?

This is reposed from from Equal Future Yesterday, the ACLU of Northern California sued the Hayward Police Department for charging “unlawful and excessive costs … disclosing body worn camera footage requested under the California Public Records Act (PRA).” According to the lawsuit, the Hayward PD required the National Lawyers Guild to pay $2,938.58 for Read more