New North Carolina law to block police body cam footages

Key Details:

25/09/2016 form Hong Kong

-The Charlotte police department is about to pass a new law that makes police body cam footage not available by the public.

-The law is about to pass on October 1, exactly one week after the death of Keith Lamont Scott (the Charlotte Case).

Assessment:

Blocking public access to police body cam footage means that the public will know much less about the police activity. This implies that the transparency of the police work could be greatly compromised since it offers less perspective for people to view an incident since “an angle can make a difference”. Forbidding the release of the footage also means an increase in power to the police because this allows the department to do many things (including possible illegal activities or controversial actions) without civil monitoring. Which means, the actions of the police are self-approved and unchallenged by the public.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/25/us/charlotte-police-video/index.html