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Video Playlist:

Play Button  Full Program - Full Program
Play Button  Three Issues - Police Chief Don Dixon explains three issues that departments will face if they choose to implement cameras.
Play Button  Another tool - Body cameras will be another evidentiary tool, according to Police Chief Don Dixon.
Play Button  A Better Picture - Police Chief Don Dixon details a situation in which body cameras would have justified use of force.
Play Button  Trust - Rep. C. Denise Marcelle thinks body cameras will help build trust between officers and the community if they are used correctly.
Play Button  On Public Record - Body camera footage can be regulated by public record laws already in place, Rep. C. Denise Marcelle says.
Play Button  Tone of Voice - Rep. C. Denise Marcelle describes how officers and the public adjust when they know they are on camera.
Play Button  Initial Report - Attorney Scott Sternberg explains that body camera footage could be interpreted to be a part of the initial report, and therefore a public record.
Play Button  The 1984 Question - Attorney Scott Sternberg says it’s questionable whether the government should record its citizens.
Play Button  Privacy and the Public Right to Know - The Louisiana Constitution holds an individual’s right to privacy and the public’s right to know in equal footing, according to Attorney Scott Sternberg.

01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters? Major cities in Louisiana are taking steps to try to solve that problem by equipping their officers with body cameras. So, how do they work and how expensive are they? How are communities covering their costs? Can body cameras deescalate volatile situations? And what privacy issues do they raise? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. (Taping Tuesday, January 26)

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I’m in full support of the use of body cameras by police officers.  It holds the police accountable, but, also, those individuals that have dealings w/the police.  It should be standard equipment & not optional.  I would like to see LA ahead of the curve on this issue.

Posted by PW  on  01/27  at  08:20 PM

My opinion is that our servants and protectors official (police officers)of of our communities should utilize body cameras only when they feel that a hostile situation is about to occur while making a citizen approach.

Posted by Andrew Riles  on  01/27  at  09:20 PM

Privacy Issue I think all cameras should remain on and con not be turn off by said police officer, after each shift each camera be turn release/turn over to an individual non partisan Company not connected to the police department to be view for privacy concerns

Posted by Alfred Doucette Jr  on  01/28  at  09:25 AM

I believe that body cameras on police officers serve as another tool to ensure safety on both sides. Although it should come with a few guidelines:

- Always On (Turns on right after exiting the car)
  *No need while driving as dash cams support this.
  *Not able to be turned off by an officer (They are humans too and make mistakes and forget to turn them on.)
  *Better to have enough evidence than none at all.
- Stored for a set number of days. (60 days and then deletion)
  *Saved to a server over an individual non partisan company not connected to police department (Mistakes happen; might as well have them made by someone who has no part in the matter)
  *No need to store a lifetime worth of footage.
- Usability and Privacy for Public record limited
  *If used within public record all witnesses and other people not needed, should be removed from footage
  *People who opt out of being recorded, are still recorded but can have the footage not submitted for public record. (Exceptions can be made if crucial information comes to light for the case at hand)

To those who act differently from being under a camera and not being under a camera. You should act the same.

Posted by Scott  on  01/29  at  02:08 PM

I think body cameras are a positive step toward solving issues with our police. I know that people make bad decisions on a daily basis, some with the best intentions. I would not want to be a policeman or woman in today’s society. Crime is everywhere and worse than I have ever seen and we call on law enforcement when we are in need of help. I support our police and I also support families who have had tragic situations due to lack of good judgement in either side of the law. Body cameras will not solve every problem but will help in knowing what transpires when our officers are pursuing someone. It seems that every crime involving a white cop and an African American pursuant becomes a racial issue no matter what it truly right or wrong. This needs to end. If you commit a crime, no matter what your race, you should not get away with it. Also, criminals of any race should not be shot or killed when they are unarmed and not a threat to an officer. Body cameras will tell the story in truth. We should support this and agree that cost should not be an issue.

Posted by Susan Freeman  on  02/01  at  10:03 AM

I think now a days everyone is a big sissy, let the police do their jobs of enforcing the law. If there is a problem they can testify in order like police have always done for many years. The problem with today’s day in age no one knows their place in society; any Joe or Sally Q thinks they can mouth off to whoever it may be. I am not a police officer but think about it logically the public is trying to make police officers wear cameras on their person on a daily basis. What if it was mandated that every citizen of America had to wear body camera when he or she is interacting with another citizen. I’ll tell you they would not like it because it would violate their “rights”. It comes down to pure selfishness these guys are out of the streets putting their life on the line for we the people to be safe. We are worried about if the conversation without the police officer is recorded? These people that are pushing this issue or have allready pushed this issue are just miserable/ selfish individuals who hate the police. No matter if the cops have body cameras or not these people will still hate the law and the ones who stand for it. We live in a messed up generation now a days and I’m scared for what’s the come.

Posted by Concerned Citizen  on  02/17  at  03:36 AM
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