New de Blasio Policy: NYPD Body Camera Footage to be Released Within 30 Days
New York - Caving to longstanding demands from anti-police protesters, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday all video footage from body cameras worn by officers will be released within 30 days of a significant incident.
This is described as when an officer fires a gun that hits or could hit someone, the officer discharges a taser in a way that results in injury or an officer’s use of force results in death or “great bodily harm.”
The policy goes into effective immediately. The footage will be publicly available online, though victims or family members will have a chance to view it before release.
De Blasio has long agreed with police officials not to release the footage, but he tried framing his new policy as always in line with his goals. It comes after protesters turned on him last week for being part of the establishment.
“I came into office with a promise to fundamentally change the way this city is policed - and that’s exactly what we’ve tried to do,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Historic wounds run deep and we know much work lies ahead, but we won’t give up. This is another step in the right direction and we’re not stopping here.”
“This new policy is in line with the vigorous reform agenda the NYPD has been propelling for more than six years,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “All officers are now equipped with body-worn-cameras, which provide a record of encounters between our officers and the New Yorkers we serve.”
New York City Police Department First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker holds up a body camera at a press conference at the 79th precinct on January 30, 2018.
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