Police agencies and politicians fight body camera recommendations


“Some of them are a little unreasonable, I believe, and don’t quite fall in line with things I think are in the best interest of the police department,” said Capt. Jim Steffen.

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.

“If they are dictating we delete that video after six months, we could be getting rid of potential evidence to support or disclaim that civil rights violation,” Steffen said.

The ‘fix’ is in police agencies and politicians don’t want police accountability and will fight it tooth and nail!


6 thoughts on “Police agencies and politicians fight body camera recommendations

  1. Police and politicians work for, and are paid by WE THE PEOPLE, and if they don’t like their body cameras they can find a new line of work.

    WE THE PEOPLE, (their bosses), decided they should wear body cameras because their decision to be brutal criminals makes body cameras necessary.

    And if the government can justify putting cameras all over creation to “keep us safe”, it only makes sense to put them on the biggest threats to safety that Americans have, which is obviously the police.

    Their only reason for not wanting to wear them, is because they want to commit crimes without getting caught, just as we’re told constantly: “if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about”.

    We also need to make sure they have body cameras that can’t be switched off by the cop, because that ability undermines their usefulness.


    1. thats why no matter what camera policy they put in place our cameras should always be rolling when around these types

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