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NYPD Must Use On-Body Video, Judge Says

August 13, 2013  | 

Photo by Mark W. Clark.
Photo by Mark W. Clark.
A federal judge ruled Monday that NYPD officers in the five precincts with the most stop-and-frisks would begin wearing on-officer video systems to prevent inappropriate behavior.

Under Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling, NYPD officers would be assigned the cameras in Brooklyn's 75th Precinct (East New York), the Bronx's 40th Precinct (Mott Haven), Queens' 103rd Precinct (Jamaica), Staten Island's 120th Precinct (St. George), and Manhattan's 23rd Precinct (East Harlem), reports the New York Daily News.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who vowed to appeal the order, said the cameras are "not a solution to the problem."

Judge Scheindlin ruled the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy violated the civil rights of many of the blacks and Latinos who were stopped. She called for an independent monitor to oversee changes to the policy including training, supervision, monitoring, and discipline.

Tags: NYPD, Civil Rights Cases, On-Body Video


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Tom @ 8/16/2013 4:30 AM

Are you kidding me ? Apparently Judge Scheindlin has missed the part about the reduction in crime in these areas. NYPD is a well respected police department and has taken action to reduce crime, and not just react to it in these areas. I find it interesting the she believes this "may' violate the civil rights of blacks and Latinos in these areas. What about everyone else, or don't they count in civil rights issues ? However, the real question is: Who is paying for all of these camers ? If I were a taxpayer in the Big Apple, I would sure want that question answered by the Judge. Then again, this is the kind of policy that seems to be coming out of the state and city of New York in recent years. If you wonder why, just look at the agendas and policies of those in charge. Nuff said.

Trigger @ 8/16/2013 5:17 AM

Many years ago our agency had accusations about profiling. We had to keep track of race, gender, along with several other identifiers. What this data revealed was that in areas of high black and latino population we were stopping more black and latino's. In the area of high white population we were stopping more whites. Simply amazing at what those who have no idea of the streets can assume and direct.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/16/2013 9:44 AM

So if your an active officer and do your job,you get punished and have to wear these glasses and if your a slug you get lefted alone. Somthing wrong with this picture.

maddog 81 mm @ 8/17/2013 12:28 PM

A camera doesn't see nor sense criminality, all it can do is record an event , and the subject who is stopped, and questioned by the officer! Recording the narrative , the reason for the stop , the person being interviewed , and why he is being stopped, there should be a record of the meet. For the LEO, who carries himself in a professional manner, the video can be an asset , it will also video the person interviewed , and his conduct !! I'm a retired LEO, and feel this may be a good tool , a tool which may save the officer , from , or assist him in case he does get sued ! Safety is not guarranteed in policing , but if the confrontation elevates to something else , there is always a record of that also !!! Cameras shouldn't be feared , nor rejected !! Consider them another tool on your belt !!! LEOs be aware , and stay safe !!!

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/19/2013 10:33 AM

This is cool. If I accidentlaly drop my equipment into the toilet it is not my fault if it does not work. Every problem has a solution.

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