New York City’s police commissioner says he strongly objects to an inspector general's recommendation that police officers be prevented from viewing body camera footage before giving a statement to investigators.
“I am not intending to use the cameras to play a game of gotcha with the cops,” Bill Bratton said on Tuesday when asked about the report by Philip Eure, the Department of Investigation’s inspector general for the NYPD. Bratton said it is “one of the recommendations of the I.G. that we strongly, strongly disagree with and will not support under any circumstance.”
Bratton said police may be questioned by investigators months after an incident and they are allowed to review their memo books before making a statement, reports Capital New York. “Effectively the video is an extension, a modern version, of their memo book," he said. "So why should they not be allowed to take a look [and] see what transpired?”