Chief stands firm on policy against releasing body camera video

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SDPD discusses body camera protocol

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SAN DIEGO- In a forum to discuss the roll-out of police body cameras, defense attorneys, representatives from the ACLU and high ranking officers debated the policies surrounding the new technology.

While the body cameras have brought police complaints down 23 percent and allegations against police down 43 percent, the ACLU said that access to the videos is still difficult to attain.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the body camera video is evidence and should remain outside the public sphere to maintain the integrity of the investigation, but not everyone agrees.

“The point of the cameras is to gain back the public trust,” said Kellen Russoniello from the ACLU.

“If the public can’t see what the police are doing whats the point of the cameras.”

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