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Your Call: Should police wear body cameras?

Feb 4, 2015

  

Should body cameras be used in policing? On the February 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice with a debate about body cameras. Proponents say body cameras reduce excessive force, ensure accountability, and provide crucial evidence in the courtroom. Opponents say the cameras don’t tell the whole story, might reveal sensitive information, and are a major invasion of privacy. Do we want to be recorded 24/7? How effective are body cameras in policing? Where do you stand? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Mitch McCann, Simi Valley police chief, board member of the CA Peace Officers Assn

Seth Morris, deputy public defender for Alameda County

Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California

Web resources:

Newsweek: Study Finds Body Cameras Decrease Police’s Use of Force

LA Times: Body camera video of Arizona police officer's killing stirs ethical debate

SF Examiner: San Francisco police to begin using chest cameras during searches Sac Bee: Use of police body cameras on rise in Sacramento areaSF Gate: Hard questions raised by officers wearing cameras

The Hill: Obama to provide funding for 50,000 police body cameras

Bloomberg: With Obama's Support, Police Body Cameras Could Become the New Normal

DOJ: Implementing a Body-worn Camera Program -- Lessons Learned