Category Archives: Body cameras

WaPo: Federal task forces ban body cameras, so Atlanta police pull out. Others may follow.

WaPo: Federal task forces ban body cameras, so Atlanta police pull out. Others may follow. by Tom Jackman: No Justice Department agents or officers use cameras, while local police are moving toward transparency.

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WaPo: Opinion: D.C. police must stop hiding body camera footage

WaPo: Opinion: D.C. police must stop hiding body camera footage: The city should promote transparency by giving families immediate access to videos of their loved ones’ killings.

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E.D.N.C.: Body camera corroborated RS for frisk

“Body camera footage corroborated the detectives’ testimony that the circumstances reasonably suggested Defendant may have been armed and that a pat-down search was needed to ensure officer safety. …. When faced with an uncooperative and seemingly agitated individual suspected of … Continue reading

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UCLA Anderson Review: Do Body Cams Give Police an Unintended Break?

UCLA Anderson Review: Do Body Cams Give Police an Unintended Break? by Carla Fried, featured research by Eugene M. Caruso Video from officer-worn cameras is judged less negatively than footage captured on dashboard cameras.

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D.D.C.: Protective order issued to keep def from seeing body camera videos in discovery

There were several body camera videos relating to this case as well as the search and seizure. The issue here is the scope of a protective order to keep defendant from seeing. The government met its burden of showing good … Continue reading

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CA4: Bodycam video shows consent to enter and statement made were voluntary

The government had consent to enter defendant’s home, and he was convicted of illegal entry and deported. The bodycam video supports the finding of voluntary consent. United States v. Azua-Rinconada, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 2783 (4th Cir. Jan. 28, 2019):

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WaPo: Some U.S. police departments dump body-camera programs amid high costs

WaPo: Some U.S. police departments dump body-camera programs amid high costs By Kimberly Kindy:

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upturn.org: The Illusion of Accuracy / How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence

upturn.org: The Illusion of Accuracy / How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence (Nov. 2017)

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E.D.Tex.: Body cam video showed consent was voluntary

Consent was voluntary: “As seen in the video, Defendant was calm, aware, and able to answer questions cogently. During his testimony, Defendant admitted that at the time of his arrest, Defendant knew he faced serious drug charges for the drugs … Continue reading

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AP: Some police dogs now have cameras, too

AP: Some police dogs now have cameras, too by Carrie Antlfinger: The devices generally attach to dogs’ backs on a vest and transmit video to a handler watching from a screen, possibly on their wrist or around their necks. It’s … Continue reading

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CA10: Body camera video showed consent, and it was a far more congenial sounding conversation than the transcript read

The body camera video shows defendant’s mother consented to the search of the premises, and it is noticeably less allegedly coercive sounding than the transcript. United States v. Morris, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 29830 (10th Cir. Oct. 23, 2018). The … Continue reading

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The Atlantic: The Always-On Police Camera

The Atlantic: The Always-On Police Camera by Sidney Fussell: Body cameras that automatically activate in response to the sound of gunfire could forever change people’s expectations about public spaces.

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The New Yorker: Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse?

The New Yorker: Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse? by Dana Goodyear: Axon’s body cameras are reshaping how video evidence is collected—and who controls it.

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Editorial: Police Videos Should Be Public Under OPRA

NJLJ: Editorial: Police Videos Should Be Public Under OPRA: In Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, our Supreme Court has held in a 4-3 decision that police video recordings are exempt from disclosure under the Open Public Records Act. We … Continue reading

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techdirt: Researcher Says Police Body Cameras Are An Insecure Mess

techdirt: Researcher Says Police Body Cameras Are An Insecure Mess by Tim Cushing: The promise of transparency and accountability police body cameras represent hasn’t materialized. Far too often, camera footage goes missing or is withheld from the public for extended … Continue reading

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NYLJ: Judge Orders NYPD Study Requiring Officers to Use Body Cameras Earlier in Encounters

NYLJ: Judge Orders NYPD Study Requiring Officers to Use Body Cameras Earlier in Encounters by Colby Hamilton: U.S. District Judge Torres called for the program after a May report recommended officers begin recording during the lowest level of encounters with … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Body cam video along with testimony showed consent voluntary

The body cam video of the encounter on the street shows that the consent was voluntary. United States v. Polnitz, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120364 (E.D. Wis. July 19, 2018).* “[T]he trial court erred in determining that, following the Birchfield … Continue reading

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WaPo: The Watch’ Blog: The ongoing problem of conveniently malfunctioning police cameras

WaPo: The Watch’ Blog: The ongoing problem of conveniently malfunctioning police cameras by Radley Balko: When cops aren’t punished for not using or misusing their body and dash cameras, the cameras are worse than useless.

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NPRL: Body Camera Maker Weighs Adding Facial Recognition Technology

NPRL: Body Camera Maker Weighs Adding Facial Recognition Technology by Ian Wren: The largest supplier of law enforcement body cameras in the U.S. is exploring pairing its cameras with new AI capabilities — including real-time face recognition.

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CA11: There is no adverse inference as a matter of law from failure to maintain audio of stop

Because the exclusionary rule is a “last resort,” on plain error review, defendant cannot claim error for the failure of the district court to determine that his version of the facts is more credible than the governments. There is no … Continue reading

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