“We think it keeps an eye on our officers and it keeps an eye of the public as well,” said SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
Two dozen citizens listened to the police chief and leaders from the ACLU discuss the policy of body cameras Tuesday.
It was a rare agreement between all stakeholders that cameras have become necessary. Although, the ACLU complained access to the videos should be possible if they are in the interest of the public.
Zimmerman has denied all access to videos, including two shootings that are currently under investigation.
“It’s a tough job and it’s not like the movies,” said San Diego Officers Association President Brian Marvel. “If people see these videos they might start to understand what we go through as an officer.”
The body cameras are expected to be on every officer by the end of next year.