NHMC joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Upturn, and other civil rights organizations to make recommendations to the Los Angeles Police Department on its body worn video policy. As noted in the letter, “The LAPD has an opportunity to not only significantly strengthen civil rights protections in its own use of body worn cameras, but also to set an example for other departments across the country that are adopting cameras.”
Our primary concerns were for the LAPD to guarantee that subjects of bodycam video have access to footage of their own incidents and that footage of an officer’s serious use of force be made available to the public. Additional recommendations included publishing the policy on the website, implementing measures to protect vulnerable individuals from being recorded without consent, and requiring officers to complete written reports prior to viewing footage.
To read the full letter, click here.