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D.C. Police Watchdog: Officers Should Wear Cameras

May 09, 2014  | 

The District of Columbia's police accountability agency says officers should wear cameras while on duty that record their interactions with citizens.

The Office of Police Complaints submitted a report Thursday to Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier with recommendations about how to develop an on-body camera program, NBC Washington reports.

The agency says if officers wear cameras, the videos could be used to resolve many citizen complaints and train officers on proper procedures.

It's recommending that the city set up an advisory panel on police cameras and provide funding for the program.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/9/2014 5:17 PM

There is nothing more exciting than having nonprofessionals examine every little thing you do all day. Does the camera continue to turn while you are using the bathroom? Somehow I doubt an attorney or a doctor or a teacher or a car mechanic would let a body camera record everything he says and does in a day. There are somethings that just don't need to be second guessed. Having hours or days to decide something on a video is much different then making a split second decision based upon only the knowledge known at that exact moment.

Troop @ 5/10/2014 12:39 PM

These are the same groups that will demand cameras then complain about privacy issues in regard to them.

D Bilbo @ 5/10/2014 5:15 PM

Wait til one of THEM is caught on a bodycam in flagrante delicto, drunk, stoned or otherwise impaired, then we'll hear the privacy scream.

Fed Cop @ 5/12/2014 6:38 AM

Here's an idea. Make the POS' wear body cameras.

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