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ACLU Questions Denver's On-Body Cameras

November 21, 2011  | 

The Denver Police Department is testing on-body cameras for adoption in a move expected to lead to greater accountability of officers and potential privacy issues.

Twenty three Denver officers are testing the devices during a 60-day pilot program to determine if the gear could be more widely distributed among the force. During the trial, officers learning to use the new technology will decide when to activate the cameras, a decision that has drawn fire from the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

The civil libertarian group wants the cameras to be on all day, Jessie Ulibarri, the ACLU's public-policy director, told the Denver Post.

"To get a picture of what is going on in our streets," said Ulibarri. "We would want them to be on during the day. It is a stretch to say that in 2011 police officers don't know how to use basic technology like cameras."

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SP6468 @ 11/21/2011 2:24 PM

I can't say I'm shocked that the ultra LIBERAL ACLU would want these cameras activated all the time. In the LIBS minds, they do not trust law enforcement officers word. In their minds the officer will only activate the cameras when it's to officer's benefit. It's a shame this kind of thinking has spread. Then again, the LIBERAL MEDIA is a huge outlet for these types of groups...

Morning Eagle @ 11/22/2011 11:36 AM

I'll say it again. The ACLU looks for every opportunity to try to tell police departments what they can or cannot do and they should be told where to stick their attempts to usurp any kind of influence or authority over law enforcement.

Mando @ 11/23/2011 4:54 AM

If you know you are going to loose this battle with the ACLU than incorporate a clause where the ACLU will share in the cost of purchase and all day operation of these cameras

Tim @ 11/23/2011 9:46 AM

In the ACLU's purview reasonable expectation of privacy only applies to non-government officials. Does anyone really want to listen to my bodily functions, opinions of my supervisor and elected officials, or my opinion of the ACLU? They protest cameras in public places but expect police officials to record their every movement all day.

Tom Ret @ 11/24/2011 10:31 PM

The ACLU should move to France.

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