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