Policing Body Cameras:Policies and Procedures to Safeguard the Rights of the Accused

Source: 

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017

Authors: 

Joel M. Schumm (Clinical Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)

Cover image of the article which displays a body-worn camera recording
Source: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017

To contribute to the important national debate about body cameras the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) then-President Theodore Simon established a working group in December 2014 and, in July 2015, the NACDL Board of Directors adopted a set of principles on body camera policies to direct future work of this Body Camera Task Force. In addition to reviewing multiple studies on body-worn cameras, the Task Force reviewed hundreds of pages of policy reports, articles, legislation, and department policies, and heard from sixteen witnesses representing a wide variety of perspectives, as listed in Appendix A.  This report adds a critical voice that has not previously been part of the discussion: the criminal defense bar committed to protecting the rights of the accused.

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