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On Confederate Flags and Body Cameras: 5 Things to Consider

Christopher Emdin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

As the nation discusses removing the confederate flag from public spaces, I wonder if the presence of the confederate flag serves as a symbol that indicates a recognition that something is wrong just as the presence of the body camera does on police.

Christopher Mathias

Police Reform Advocates Call Bratton's Remarks On Filming Officers 'Outrageous' And 'Disgraceful' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Police reform groups expressed outrage Thursday over NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's complaint that too many people are filming police officers. ...

Keeping Truth Legal: It Is Our Right to Film Police

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Why is this still an issue? Why are we still arguing and attempting to legislate something that has already been proven unconstitutional? Why was the man who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore arrested, with no probable cause, along with countless others over the years?

One State Is Showing Just How Effective Police Body Cameras Can Be

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Democrats Warn GOP Budget Could Mean $24 Million In Funding Cuts For Police Body Cameras | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats warned Tuesday that the GOP budget deal reached last week could slash funding for body cameras for police departments, ...

Gray Family Lawyer: Freddie's Death Not Isolated Incident

Jason Downs | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jason Downs

Freddie Gray's homicide was not an isolated incident; it was the tipping point. That said, the question now is how to honor this truth?

States Struggle To Pay For Police Body Cameras

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Amanda Terkel

Hillary Clinton Wants Every Police Department To Use Body Cameras | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for every police department in the country to use body cameras, as part of her vision for fundamenta...

Kim Bellware

Police Force Under Fire For Horrific Traffic Stop Video Gets Body Cameras | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.21.2015 | Crime

All uniformed officers in northwest Indiana's Hammond Police Department will start wearing body cameras just seven months after cell phone footage of ...

There's Near-Universal Support For One Police Reform Proposal

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Americans may be deeply divided over race relations, police brutality and the criminal justice system, but their support for police body cameras remai...

Jason Cherkis

D.C. Mayor Doesn't Want You To See Police Body Camera Footage | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After this month's police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Americans were treated to another lesson in how police departments ...

Jennifer Bendery

White House: Walter Scott Shooting Shows Why Police Should Wear Body Cameras | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the video of a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an unarmed bl...

Matt Sledge

Cop Cams Will Change Policing. But Maybe Not The Way You Think. | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally on Aug. 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson were outfitte...

After Ferguson, Missouri Legislator Wants To Keep Police Videos Private

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Following the unrest caused by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced mo...

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

Misguided Police Body Camera Conversation

Howard Henderson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Howard Henderson, Ph.D.

Agencies who have adopted or seeking to begin the use of police body cameras should be required to have their implementation evaluated by qualified and objective/independent academic institutions. Those departments that choose to do so should be nationally recognized as model departments.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

New Tasers Used By LAPD Will Trigger Body Cameras When Fired

Reuters | Posted 01.08.2015 | Technology

Los Angeles police on Tuesday ordered Tasers that, when used, automatically activate cameras on officers' uniforms.

Nearly Everyone Supports These Two Key Police Reform Proposals

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Americans agree across party lines on some proposed police reform policies, according to the results of a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last ...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

Police Officer Who Killed Black Teen In Missouri Had Been Issued Body Camera, Wasn't Using It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime

The Berkeley, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot a black teenager on Tuesday was issued a body camera earlier that night, but wasn't wearing it...

You Can Record Police in Illinois

Kwame Raoul | Posted 02.16.2015 | Chicago
Kwame Raoul

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.

Matt Ferner

Los Angeles Police Will Get Body Cameras | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Every Los Angeles police officer will soon be equipped with a body camera, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday. Garcetti said at a...

It's Camera Time

William Lynch III | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

Already, the evidence is pouring in that police body cameras are helpful for police and civilians. When police officers are accountable to a video camera monitoring them, it appears to make a big change in their behavior.

Police Violence, Cameras, and Why Video Matters

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | Posted 02.10.2015 | Crime
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

In more than two decades, why hasn't video become more effective in exposing and ending police brutality? I believe that it has, despite the shocking decision from the grand jury in Staten Island. Here's why.