<![CDATA[On April 21, 2017, NHMC joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in an amicus letter to oppose the New York City Police Department’s Operations Order on Body Worn Cameras. “[W]ithout carefully crafted safeguards in place, there is a real risk that these new devices could become instruments of injustice, rather than tools of accountability.” Body worn cameras will likely intensify surveillance in communities of color. Recognizing that officer discretion could allow questionable interactions to escape review, the Leadership Conference urged the Court to require recording in most circumstances with clear and limited exceptions. In turn, questionable interactions would be documented before, rather than after, becoming adversarial. The Leadership Conference also urged the Court to require NYPD officers to write their original reports prior to viewing video footage. That would help prevent officers from crafting a narrative to support what was captured on video, forcing them to rely on what they actually remembered. Additionally, it explains the importance of guaranteeing complainants access to footage when they are the subject of the recording, noting that the NYPD has a history of obstructing similar requests. Click here to view the letter.]]>
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
Los Angeles, CA