Body-Worn Cameras Inspire Accountability and Transparency

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On a motion by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Chair Hilda Solis, the board unanimously approved a motion to implement body-worn cameras within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“We seek to get to the truth and these tools can help us,” noted Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who offered an approved amendment to develop a method to process digital evidence and improve transparency and public trust.

Videos generated by body-worn cameras could become digital evidence that is transmitted and archived. On the heels of the tragic and fatal officer-involved shootings of two African American men last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Board of Supervisors considered ways to process videos generated by body-warn cameras.

“Body worn cameras can increase accountability and transparency,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

In the face of national concern over police use of force and the public’s expectation that there will be increased oversight over all law enforcement actions, the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff’s Department, Office of Inspector General, the Civilian Oversight Commission Workgroup and the Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence recently recognized that video recording technology has changed the face of urban law enforcement.

“The relationship between law enforcement and community touches all aspects of public safety and is fundamental to any society that values the rule of law,” Ridley-Thomas said.