Police body cameras are only as good as their policies. Without policies to make sure these cameras are used as tools for police accountability, they can become another cog in a system that shields police from democratic checks and balances. Body cameras should be set up to serve the public’s need for police transparency and accountability. This bill requires the formation and meeting of a task force to study the issue of police body camera policies and create recommendations for what a good statewide police body camera policy should include. Critically, this task force’s membership must include the family member of someone who has been killed by police and civil liberties advocates.
H.B. 5475, An Act Concerning Viewing of Body Camera Footage During an Investigation
Passed both chambers