Lawsuit challenges NYPD body camera policy

One of; if not the, largest police force in the world are now using body worn cameras to gather evidence and protect themselves against false allegations and litigation. They are still working through the details on their use, but it won’t be long before every police officer and others whose work involves dealing with the public; including security guards, will be required to wear one by law.

We have recently had a number of meetings with two of the largest security companies and entertainment venues in Victoria with regards to supplying a body worn camera solution for their staff and venues. We have supplied a Lawmate PV-50HD2W Body Worn Camera with Wi-Fi which is currently being tested operationally and am looking forward to working with this forward thinking security company in the future.

 Article by: COLLEEN LONG, AP FOX5 New York

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department’s new policy on body cameras is flawed and should be reviewed by a federal judge, lawyers and community leaders said Thursday.

Attorneys for a class-action lawsuit said in court papers the new policy for the cameras, set to be rolled out later this month, should require that more encounters with police and the public be recorded. The body camera program was ordered as part of a civil rights judgment that found the NYPD wrongly targeted minorities with its stop and frisk policy. Community groups also wrote letters to the judge challenging the policy.

A court-ordered monitor approved the body camera policy last week, but the lawyers say the judge also should weigh in, especially given their objections.

“The purpose of the pilot will be substantially undermined by a failure to collect a large body of information on whether officers understand and are following the rules,” lawyers wrote.

They also objected to the decision to allow officers access to their video in some cases before making statements or writing reports in cases that aren’t criminal.

“Separating an officer’s personal recollection of an incident from the narrative on his or her body-worn camera video is of critical importance to the use of (body cameras) as an accountability tool,” they wrote.

Police are set to deploy the first of 5,000 cameras at the end of the month.

City officials defended the policy and said it would respond to the legal challenge.

“The NYPD’s body worn camera procedures — which were approved by the federal monitor — were shaped by the input of New Yorkers, police officers, civil rights advocates and law enforcement from around the country,” spokesman Austin Finan said. “The deployment of body cameras will usher in a new day of policing in New York City that will further bolster the atmosphere of transparency and accountability that has grown in recent years, helping us continue to keep New York City the safest big city in the country.”

This body worn camera comes equipped with the smallest 5MP pin-hole camera and records in 1080P HD video. With Wi-Fi built in, using the APP you can stream live video feed from your smart phone or tablet.

The ability to download and immediately show the footage captured on the Camera, on any smart device and then send the video file to a supervisor or even the Police, is a game changer for quick resolutions to conflict, disputes and complaints.

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