The NYPD Isn’t Giving Critical Bodycam Footage to Officials Investigating Alleged Abuse

Photo credit: An NYPD officer demonstrating a body camera in April 2017. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

What is the purpose of bodycams if they are not turned over to the public? They should be required to do so. This is farce. We know cameras are important in holding cops accountable:

Like many cities, New York City began equipping its police officers with body-worn cameras a few years ago. The footage is often invaluable evidence for the civilian agency charged with investigating complaints about NYPD abuses.

But first, the agency’s investigators need to get the footage. And increasingly, the NYPD is not turning it over.

In May, New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board requested body-worn camera footage for 212 cases involving possible misconduct but received only 33 responses, according to a recent internal memo.

The NYPD’s responsiveness has “steadily gotten worse,” stated the memo, which was obtained by ProPublica. The memo warned that “the situation is untenable.”

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