The ACLU recognizes the potential that police body cameras have to increase police transparency. With good policies in place, recording of police-civilian encounters will promote police accountability, deter misconduct, and provide objective evidence to help resolve civilian complaints against police without significantly infringing on privacy. However, without such protections body cameras can do more harm than good. We oppose HB1399 because it lacks any law enforcement guidelines or limitations for when police must record encounters, who can access to such footage, nor does it provide privacy protections for those recorded.
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