Body Worn Video Steering Group
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 […]
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.
BWC Legislation overview by Rich Williams, NCSL (Transcript…):
Currently law enforcement agencies are facing a question which could spell both positive and negative results, depending on who answers. That question is the issue of body camera footage, and what to do with in regards to public access.
From the early beginnings of body worn video in the early 2000’s the second decade of this century has seen a drive towards smarter, intelligent policing by using modern technology. Inevitably this has brought to light issues surrounding what actually happens with the footage once it is stored.
While states and cities across the country are rushing to pass body camera legislation that primarily benefits police, a California Assembly panel approved thoughtful legislation on police-worn body cameras:
OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers are working on a measure that will determine how much access the public has to videos from body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. House Bill 1037 is expected to be heard this week in the state Senate after securing approval in the Senate Rules Committee, and following similar body camera legislation in other […]
The approval of a bill that keeps secret the names of lottery winners for 90 days after they claim their money has led to comparison to deadly incidents caught on body worn video cameras; and what means if protection is afforded to the officer/victim(s).
Plans to equip Seattle police officers with body worn video cameras by early next year should be put on hold until there is resolution to the bevy of concerns on how they should be used, the city’s police-oversight commission is urging.
The National Institute for Justice currently has two ongoing funded research programs assessing how video integration into policing strategies can have an effect on criminal justice outcomes. The total amount awarded comes in at just over $1.5 million, distributed to two entities and focused specifically on body worn video.