Feeney, M. ( ). Police Body Cameras Raise Privacy Issues for Cops and the Public. Retrieved from
The body worn cameras have contributed to the decline in police ‘use-of-force’ incidents and have provided supporting evidence to the investigations of police misconduct. There is, however very serious concern about the privacy of private citizens as the footage from the cameras is considered public record. Washington Police reviewed the policy as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stated that Washington is one of the states where body camera footage is considered ‘susceptible to public release upon request.” Kevin Drum recommends that a policy be implemented on when to release the footage for captured inside public property.
Stanley, J. (2013, October). Police Body-Mounted Cameras: With Right Policies in Place, a Win For All. Retrieved from
The author in this article stated the potential of the body worn camera has the potential to be a win-win for both the police and the public. It can serve as a check against the abuse of power by police, and help to eliminate historically the lack of evidence that often resulted in radically divergent accounts of incidents. The camera can be a powerful device that helps the public against police misconduct and also protect the police against false accusations of abuse. However, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) is concerned about potential of the camera invading privacy and the strong benefit in promoting police accountability. In order to protect both the public and the police, it is recommended that private protections policies on the restrictions on subsequent retention and use of the recordings be implemented in order to support the police accountability and oversight.
Li, S. (2014, August 25). The Big Picture: How Do Police Body Cameras Work?,The Wire. Retrieved from http://www.thewire.com