Support civil rights principles for police body-worn cameras.
As body worn cameras come into greater use by law enforcement across the country, I am urging police departments to follow civil rights principles to ensure that the cameras are a tool of public accountability and transparency.
Video footage that documents law enforcement interactions with the public — whether gathered through body worn cameras or citizen video of police activities — can have a valuable role to play in the present and future of policing. At the same time, the arrival of new video equipment does not guarantee that a police agency will better protect the civil rights of the community it serves.
We believe that that body worn cameras are not a substitute for broader policing reforms and, when deployed without appropriate safeguards, can even compound problems of over-surveillance and biased policing.