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Body Cams: New Law And Effectiveness Of Cameras

A police officer wearing a body cam.
Tom Bullock
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WFAE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More body cameras are coming to CMPD. They’re supposed to increase transparency, especially in light of the Keith Scott shooting. A closer look.

CMPD’s use of body cameras is set to expand. The City Council recently agreed to more than double the number of cameras in use, saying it would increase transparency.

There was a new emphasis on body and dash cameras following the Keith Scott shooting last fall. Public pressure led police to release videos in the Scott case, but a state law that took effect days after the shooting put a hurdle in front of citizen access to body cam footage.

Have the cameras lived up to expectations of transparency? Mike Collins and his guests explore that question.
 
This show originally aired October 3, 2016

Guests
Julie Eiselt
- Charlotte City Council; chair, Community Safety Committee

Seth Stoughton - assistant professor of law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Nancy La Vigne - director, Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center