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Category Archives: USA

Defining the 6 Pillars of US Policing

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Across the U.S.A. police forces have been swamped with distrust, protests and many questions as to what the future holds in store. Key to the reputation of the police are the 6 pillars of policing in the modern world as outlined by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which sought to recommend steps […]


Law in Memory of Walter Scott Won’t Bear His Name

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A bill that seeks to equip South Carolina cops with body cameras was signed into law in the home town of the North Charleston man who was shot in the back and killed by a policeman as he fled. Walter Scott became a household name and a rallying cry for proponents of police body cameras […]


The Boston Police Camera Action Team

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Across the USA many police forces have implemented body cameras. However in some areas, such as Boston, they still seem out of sight for the local community. As a result, The Boston Police Camera Action Team has made it their mission to lobby government representatives in an attempt to have body cameras on the streets […]


Body Cameras Must be Deployed with Caution in Healthcare Facilities (US)

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The current national trend in the United States regarding the call for increased deployment of body cameras  by law enforcement personnel is being lauded by many for its anticipated effect on transparency regarding uses of force and providing a true account of what occurs during adversarial encounters between citizens and police. However, this process creates […]


Should Police Be Trained On Citizen Rights to Film?

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After a police officer’s behaviour was determined as out of control and inappropriate after a video captured of him by a member of the public went viral in early June 2015 hundreds of people marched through the city of McKinney, Tex., to protest. Brandon Brooks, who filmed the incident and has clocked up 6.4 million views […]


Body Camera Fund Receives $10m Replenishment

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After it was discovered initial funds for the initiative to help police forces buy body cameras was reduced to just 1 third of the initial ask, an amendment has been added to the the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill which will see an additional $10 million top-up, bring the total to $25 million.


Obama Body Worn Video Funding Reduced

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A Republican-controlled Congress approved a $51 billion measure providing the Justice Department and NASA with modest budget hikes, but the legislation falls well short of what’s needed to win President Barack Obama’s signature. The measure cuts back Obama’s request for police body cameras and new community policing initiatives.


Rich Williams – A Legislator’s Perspective

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BWC Legislation overview by Rich Williams, NCSL (Transcript…):


Officer Says Keep Body Camera Expectations Realistic

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In the wake of recent riots around the nation, the Department of Justice is preparing to equip an additional 50,000 law enforcement officers with body-worn cameras.  As an officer who has been wearing a body camera for the last 18 months, I can testify that these cameras provide numerous benefits for both law enforcement and […]


Cop Watch Camera Operators “Problematic”

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Bill Bratton, Commissioner of the New York Police Department has openly stated that citizens filming police to monitor their behaviour can actually be conducive to “agitating the situations”. As police body cameras have sought to establish trusts within communities, organised groups such as Cop Watch have been accused of being intrusive and preventing officers from […]