It's an improvement over the status quo. But time will tell how frequently the feds try to suppress important footage.
Reason asked writers who have been on the criminal justice beat for years to lay out serious proposals for reforms with a fighting chance of being implemented.
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And Sen. Tim Scott (R–S.C.) says policing reform in Congress might not be dead after all.
Police Agencies in New York and Los Angeles Drag Their Feet over Body Camera Footage and Misconduct Records
Efforts to force sunlight into police conduct have been thwarted by noncompliance.
The legislation rolls back regulations that have been shielding bad police from accountability.
Their illegal search was not recorded.
From tighter use-of-force rules to eliminating qualified immunity, here are some reforms that could make a real difference.
The officers who shot David McAtee had their body cameras turned off.
The LAPD released body camera footage of Frank Hernandez's use-of-force incident.
Prince George's County had started a pilot program to fit officers with body cameras five years ago, but never set aside the money to expand.
“The suspect was struck several times by the officer's duty weapon.” No, the cop shot him.
Body camera footage captured Aaron Dean fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson without announcing that he was a police officer.
Body camera videos show a woman being tased into compliance after being placed on suicide watch.
"There is absolutely no excuse for this incident," said Police Chief Edwin Kraus.
Mayor Betsy Price: "The gun is irrelevant. She was in her own home caring for an 8-year-old nephew. [Jefferson] was a victim."
The neighbor later said, "If I had never dialed the police department, she'd still be alive."
"I don't think that I deserve to pay $80 for something that is fixable — and I can fix it, if that's all you want me to do."
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A small city in California has been plagued by police shootings, costly civil rights lawsuits, and incidents of excessive force.
We can still say no to mass surveillance.
It looked as though he was trying to put the gun on the ground.
A review of 70 studies shows only limited benefits.
Pervasive real-time police surveillance is not just theoretical anymore.
The NYPD's largest union was dealt a defeat in its attempt to make body cam footage confidential, but it says it might appeal.
"My son with autism was forced out of the home with military-style rifles aimed at him and made to sit on the cold, wet ground for over an hour."
The same officer was fired last year after video of him allegedly planting drugs in a car during a traffic stop emerged.
It's harder now for law enforcement officials to conceal what happened in deadly encounters with citizens.
This is how the system is supposed to work.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills dramatically increasing transparency about law enforcement behavior.
Officer Jesse Hill said he mistakenly shot and killed a woman when her dog attacked him. Body cam footage shows him slipping on ice.
State law keeps misconduct secret from the public. That may be about to change.
An officer's inappropriate use of work equipment shows the risk of hiring "second-chance officers"
Officer Eric Coulston repeatedly pinned Thomas to the ground and handcuffed him after he tried to hide in a cubby hole.
The move comes after a state rep used it to get out of a speeding ticket.
The larger goal is to bring "the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies and practices into compliance with federal and state law."
Video: State Rep. Paul Mosley tells a deputy that he's above the law.
Officers in Milwaukee caught tormenting an NBA player over parking, while a Texas trooper is cleared of accusations of sexual assault due to video.
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County attorney blames uncooperative police for the delay.
A new plan would release footage in cases of officer-involved shootings and use of force.
Tennessee Deputy Who Suffered Panic Attack After Firing At Unarmed Man Had Track Record of Lying and Incompetence at Previous Police Department
Deputy Justin M. Johnson should never have been given a badge and a gun.
Suing to prevent such releases.