When I heard that public opinion was being sought regarding police video and body cameras, I was extremely interested… but unfortunately the myriad of news stories and massive press coverage didn’t point to the online survey. #FAIL !
Thanks to our local Venice Beach Senior Lead Officer Roberts, we were linked up with the folks from NYU and UCLA Law that organized the survey and who are doing an extensive research study on the issue. They also developed this video which addresses many of the concerns and issues regarding police incident video.
Community Input on the LAPD’s Video Policy
What should happen if a police officer’s body-worn camera records an officer-involved shooting or other serious use of force incident? Should the video be made public? And if so, when?
The Los Angeles Police Commission is developing a new policy on the release of video footage after such incidents.
The Los Angeles Police Commission Wants Your Input
The Los Angeles Police Commission wants to make sure that its new policy is responsive to community concerns. It has asked the Policing Project at New York University School of Law to gather public input on what the policy should be. The Policing Project will work with professors and students at UCLA School of Law and UC Irvine School of Law to get input from the community and report back to the Commission.
Learn More About the Pros and Cons of Releasing Video
In deciding whether and when to release video after an officer-involved shooting, there are many factors to consider. To learn more, watch the video below, or read a brief fact sheet about some of the tradeoffs involved.
There are also several community forums scheduled on the topic before the survey response period closes on May 7th. They are:
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:30PM
ONE Generation Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd., Los Angeles (map)
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 PM:
Pico House, 424 N. Main St., Los Angeles (map)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 PM:
Location TBA, South Bureau