Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings recently announced his deputies arereceiving 150 new body cameras and over time will have almost 700 body cameras in the community. Over five years it will end up costing taxpayers3.2 million dollars. Thanks to this new technology we have seen anabundance of shocking police videos.
HAWM Law attorney, Alisia Adamson is excited about the new officer cameras in her community. However, while criminal defense Attorney Adamson feels there is a need for officer body cameras, she also has reservations about some aspects of implementation.
“There’s an extra layer of intimidation. Not only are you talking to a police officer, which is already intimidating to some people, but you’re talking to apolice officer with a camera on his jacket and that video could later be plastered in a courtroom. It could be plastered on the news,” Adamson said.
Are these cameras capturing too much? Grand Junction, Colorado Police Chief John Camper, “We want people to feel free to talk to a police officer as a trusted confidant, and if we sit here and have a camera mounted on alapel — are you really going to want to talk about a problem with a marriage or with a child or a sexual assault if I have a camera pointed at you?”
Such video “sometimes captures people at the worst moments of theirlives,” American Civil Liberties Union senior policy analyst Jay Stanleysaid. “You don’t want to see videos of that uploaded to the Internet fortitillation and gawking,”
The Associated Press, Eileen Sullivan writes, “A policy to release all police-recorded videos could mean footage of the inside of a person’s home or a hospital would be available. But if the policy is not to release footage in order to protect a person’s privacy, that could mean a video of an officer shooting someone would not be made public, defeating the main purpose of the use of these cameras. Some departments redact the faces of bystanders or those arrested, or blur a video so much that little is recognizable. Others won’t release video if it’s part of an ongoing investigation. Some policies allow officers to turn their cameras on and off.”
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