Over the next 18 months, the District government and Metropolitan Police Department have committed to purchasing 2,800 body cameras. These body cameras will be placed on DC Police Officers, and they will record DC Police Officers interacting with the community. The DC Police Union fully supports the use of Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) because we believe increased transparency in policing benefits everyone.
With this said, City Government officials are proposing a blanket policy to limit the access of Police Body-Worn Camera video to the public. This policy is inconsistent with current city law as well as the District’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). And by limiting the access of BWC footage to the public, the blanket policy defeats the purpose of having the program in the first place.
It is for these reasons that the DC Police Union supports making BWC footage available to the public under FOIA. And we encourage you to click here and sign our petition calling on DC City Government to make BWC footage public under FOIA.
Posted May 07 2015 at 9:55 AM by Delroy Burton | Permanent Link