Body Worn Video Steering Group
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 […]
In an age where we are constantly post-(shootings, riots, etc.) police forces who managed to gain notoriety for their brutality, for example the City of Seattle PD, have found themselves learning how to restore faith between cops and community – and how bodycams play their part.
William B. Scott is the author of “The Permit,” a novel based on his son’s murder. His son Erik Scott, 38, was shot by Metro officers William Mosher, Joshua Stark and Thomas Mendiola on July 10, 2010, as he walked out of a Costco store, and Scott believes body worn video could have prevented this tragedy.
Very few lines of work require an individual to act as counsellor, treatment coordinator, and law enforcer. Police officers across the world often have to encompass all these responsibilities when responding to a call where a suspect is believed to be mentally ill.
Sadly it must be reported that a person known as ‘Africa’ was fatally shot on Sunday 1st March on the infamous Skid Row, later pronounced dead at hospital. LAPD officers attending the scene responded to reports of a robbery, from which a scuffle ensued, possibly caught on a police body camera, and local CCTV.
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.
A pioneering study on police body cameras with the Rialto, California Police Department found that their use of the devices reduced use of force incidents by police by almost 60 percent. Even more startling? The number of formal complaints filed by citizens against the police force went down 90 percent. Law firm Denmon & Denmon created […]
Body worn video cameras are fast becoming standard issue for police worldwide. With the benefits being felt by most, the calls to expand research and questions relating to releasing video to the media take focus. Often, the Rialto Study is referenced as proof of success of body worn video. However, the researchers have said that […]
Two New Mexico police officers were recently charged under suspicion of murder after body worn video cameras filmed them killing a knife-wielding homeless man who was camping in nearby city hills.
The topic of perception is usually referred to in the context of body worn video to address the high-adrenaline changes to the body during a threatening situation. In such situations many officers report a variety of conditions such as tunnel-vision, lessened hearing, slowing of motion, plus more.