Police Body-Worn Cameras

Video success in civilian complaints points to need for NYPD body cameras: Report

05/10/2017
amNewYork

Camera footage helped substantiate 7 percent more Civilian Complaint Review Board cases last year compared to cases without video, according to a new report released by the agency Wednesday.

These statistics, according to the CCRB, show that police-worn body cameras could help resolve cases involving police misconduct allegations. The NYPD is expanding its use of body cameras and expects to have deployed 5,000 cameras through 2018 and about 22,000 by the end of 2019.

CPR Criticizes Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill for Advancing Inferior Body Camera Policy That Undermines Transparency

In response to the NYPD beginning the court-mandated body camera pilot program with an NYPD policy that disregarded public input and best transparency practices, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Shelby Chestnut.

“Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill have disregarded the public’s demands for police accountability by advancing an inferior and regressive body camera policy that undermines transparency and accountability. There’s no excuse for New York City to have a second-rate policy that omits recording of critical policing encounters, protects abusive cops rather than the public, and obstructs New Yorkers' access to footage while allowing officers control and access – even when they are the subject of police brutality complaints.

Community activists and others file legal opposition to NYPD body cam policy

04/27/2017
New York Amsterdam News

The New York Police Department’s body camera program launched this week, but not without a fight from activists.

Last week, Communities United for Police Reform and other community groups filed a legal opposition to the NYPD’s then-proposed policy. Submitted to Judge Analisa Torres, they wanted to halt the program’s rollout. The community groups, along with entities like The Center for Constitutional Rights, believe the language of the program renders the concept of body cameras for cops meaningless.

Disputing the Details for the NYPD Body Cameras

04/24/2017
WNYC

Jin Hee Lee, deputy director of litigation of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and co-lead counsel in Davis, et al. v. City of New York and New York City Housing Authority, and Joo-Hyun Kang, director of Communities United for Police Reform, talk about some of the objections to the NYPD's plan for the body camera pilot program slated to start this week and the legal challenge that's been filed to change it.

NYPD body cam plan flawed, police reform advocates say

04/20/2017
Newsday

A coalition of police-reform groups stepped forward Thursday to ask a federal judge to stop the NYPD’s body camera pilot project — set to begin next week — claiming the plan has numerous problems that need to be fixed.

In a news conference Thursday outside the gates of City Hall, advocates said the NYPD’s plan to outfit about 1,200 cops with cameras is flawed because it doesn’t require cops to record enough encounters with the public. The advocates also objected, among other things, to officers having the right to view their recordings before making statements or writing reports.

Police reform activists urge NYPD to fix body camera policies before launching the program

04/20/2017
New York Daily News

Activists continued to hammer away at the NYPD’s body camera program Thursday.

Outside City Hall, groups affiliated with Communities United for Police Reform demanded that the pilot program — slated to begin next week and eventually involve 1,000 officers in 20 precincts — be halted until changes are made.

CPR Responds to NYPD Body Camera Policy

In response to the NYPD releasing its final body camera policy for approval by the court, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement by spokesperson Mandela Jones.

“The NYPD’s newly released body camera policy fails New Yorkers and police transparency – it won’t help address police brutality, abuses and unjust killings of New Yorkers. Body cameras are no solution or substitute for accountability, but they can enhance transparency – however critical flaws in the policy undermine efforts to hold police accountable for brutality, and instead provide mechanisms to protect abusive officers instead of the public.

CPR Calls for Changes to NYPD Body Camera Policy to Ensure Transparency, Independent Third-Party Storage of Footage

As NYPD releases draft body camera policy with survey to start public comment, community coalition demands extension of public comment period, more language accessibility and formal role for impacted communities in evaluation of body camera program implementation

In response to the NYPD’s release of its proposed policy on body cameras ordered as a result of the Floyd v. City of New York case and a public comment period/survey, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Loyda Colon, co-director of the Justice Committee.

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