Not surprisingly DHS run ‘Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS) and the ‘Police Executive Research Forum’ (PERF) have come out in opposition of police camera regulations. Click here to read their report. PERF is an organization composed of police chiefs of the nation’s law enforcement departments. Click here & here to find out about PERF’s close relationship with DHS.
Even the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has published similar reports in opposition of police camera regulations. Click here and here to read more. The DHS funds [runs] the NIJ as well, clickhere & here to read more
The ACLU proposed that any video that captured a felony arrest, events leading up to a felony arrest, use of force or an incident that led to a citizen complaint be stored for three years. All other recordings would be erased after several months.
Additionally, the ACLU recommended, the cameras would be activated when an officer is responding to a call for service or at the onset of any interaction with the public — except in a school or private residence entered without a warrant. Officers would be required to announce that the camera was on.
The ACLU also recommended that officers not be allowed to review their body camera video before compiling reports so as to not influence recollections.
Iowa City’s Steffen said some of the suggested rules are unworkable.
For instance, he said, a few months is too early to be deleting videos that don’t immediately lead to an arrest or citizen complaint. In Iowa, citizens have 300 days to complain to the state’s civil rights commission.
The ‘fix’ is in police agencies and politicians don’t want police accountability and will fight it tooth and nail!