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Abuses Show Police Departments Need to Take Cameras, Not Just Video, Into Evidence in Police Shootings

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

ACLU — If you’re a police officer, and you’ve just shot somebody who didn’t need to be shot, and you’re wearing a body camera, and you want to get rid of the evidence that camera has probably captured, what can you do? Unfortunately, in many places, you might have options.

That’s what at least one case in Albuquerque suggests.

For all these officers — and there were five in the vicinity that could or should have captured the shooting — there are no clear recordings from the incident that we’ve been provided. All five were wearing body cameras. —Laura Ives

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