Body Cams: New Law And Effectiveness Of Cameras
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
Julie Eiselt - Charlotte City Council; chair, Community Safety Committee
Seth Stoughton - assistant professor of law, University of South Carolina School of Law
- Police Body Cameras: What Do You See? - New York Times
- Police Body-Worn Cameras: Where Your State Stands - Urban Institute