Kritische stemmen over bodycams

Privacy Activists Fight Police Bodycams
Everyone wanted police body cams, but the new accountability tool raises numerous privacy and public records questions.
– The Daily Beast, 23/02/2015

Mike Brown’s Law is a start, but police body-cams are no panacea for violence
Without changes to police conduct policy, norms and disciplinary actions, mandatory body cameras will never ensure victims get real justice
– Alexa Van Brunt, The Guardian, 27/11/2014

Growing use of police body cameras raises privacy concerns
Cases such as the Michael Brown shooting have led to calls to equip more officers with body-worn cameras. On the face of it, cameras documenting police misconduct could potentially prevent tragedies like Brown’s death, if cops are cognizant that someone’s watching the watchers. Unfortunately it’s more complicated than that.
– Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 27/09/2014

The police body-cam peep show: are you ready to give up your privacy, too?
It’s about time we recorded the cops. But when the camera’s rolling on everybody, can you really root out the bad?
– Trevor Timm, The Guardian, 06/09/2014

Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated
– Elise Hu, NPR, 02/09/2014

Body Cameras And Law Enforcement
– Sean Bonner, blogpost 31/08/2014


Body Worn Video Cameras (pdf) – een uitgebreid rapport van het Britse Big Brother Watch waarin de pro’s en contra’s van bodycams tegen het licht gehouden worden. Kort samengevat:

Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) provide accurate evidence of an incident by creating a video and audio recording; depicting everything exactly as the police officer saw, heard, said and did.

It is believed that BWCs have the potential to improve the accountability and transparency within police forces which could help to improve public and police conduct. BWCs could create more accurate evidence, leading to an acceleration in the time it takes to prosecute and convict criminals. Accurate evidence could mean that there will be less time spent on establishing what actually happened at a crime incident.

However, some fundamental privacy issues still need to be addressed with assurances made by police forces that: (1) The data be stored by an independent body to ensure that police officers do not have the ability  tamper with the footage; and (2) As standard, Police officers should not have the ability to switch off their camera part way through recording evidence.

Ook de Amerikaanse burgerrechtenbeweging ACLU staat niet noodzakelijk negatief tegenover bodycams. Mits aan een aantal voorwaarden voldaan is. Ze zetten die voorwaarden op een rijtje in een rapport.

“For the ACLU, the challenge of on-officer cameras is the tension between their potential to invade privacy and their strong benefit in promoting police accountability. Overall, we think they can be a win-win—but only if they are deployed within a framework of strong policies to ensure they protect the public without becoming yet another system for routine surveillance of the public, and maintain public confidence in the integrity of those privacy protections. Without such a framework, their accountability benefits would not exceed their privacy risks.”

Police Body-Mounted Cameras: With Right Policies in Place, a Win For All
– Jay Stanley, ACLU, 09/10/2013


[VIDEO] Are we moving too fast toward police body cameras? Arizona State University criminologist Michael D. White, who has studied the impact of police body cameras, is worried.