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It seems that the recordings, both from body cameras and citizens filming, make police more frustrated than most other accountability measure. They know they’re actions are being watched, and even though they can probably get away wity criminal behavior, their department and in some cases the general public can see them committI get controversial behavior on duty.
In the Chauvin case, video saved the trial for Mr. Floyd’s family and legal team, because it revealed the details of the excessive force and Chauvin‘s attitude while perf it more thoroughly than the witnesses alone could convey.
Record everything, say nothing.
Plus, even if there is blatant video evidence of criminal action by cops, they'll probably have qualified immunity, or the law won't apply to them because they "reasonably thought they were upholding the law."
The whole world could watch them strangle you to death, and they'll still probably walk free, keep their job, and get paid time off during any investigation.
I agree @NewMoney66, but they still don’t like having their names and faces in the databanks of the Dept. of Justice or the Tick Tock pages of the public. I would have to think that would give them some degree of pause when they’re about to commit criminal behavior, and even get them to not commit it occasionally.
Whoa! Where can we find that report?
The NYPD’s court-ordered BWC program was intended to be a tool for oversight of the NYPD. With almost 800 requests for BWC footage backlogged, 41 cases denied solely on the grounds that IAB or another entity is investigating the case, and video blanketly being denied on the ground that the underlying arrest was sealed, the NYPD’s current practices are inhibiting the CCRB’s ability to adequately provide civilian oversight. The CCRB is currently in a position where it is missing necessary evidence in hundreds of cases, and is in jeopardy of exceeding the statute of limitations in those cases. Absent some action, the CCRB will have difficulty fulfilling its mandate, further eroding the public’s trust in the CCRB and New York City’s commitment to effective oversight.
The Atlantic: Did body cameras backfire?: