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Police Body-Worn Cameras


Alexandra Claudia Mateescu


Data & Society Research Institute

Alex Rosenblat


Data & Society Research Institute

danah boyd


Data & Society Research Institute; Microsoft Research

February 24, 2015


Abstract:     
Police Body-Worn Cameras breaks down what’s known – and not known – about the promises, perils, and potential best practices around police body-worn cameras. Both law enforcement and civil rights advocates are excited by the potential of body-worn cameras to improve community policing and safety, but there is no empirical research to conclusively suggest that these will reduce the deaths of black male civilians in encounters with police. There are some documented milder benefits evident from small pilot studies, such as more polite interactions between police and civilians when both parties are aware they are being recorded, and decreased fraudulent complaints made against officers. Many uncertainties about best practices of body-worn camera adoption and use remain, including when the cameras should record, what should be stored and retained, who should have access to the footage, and what policies should determine the release of footage to the public. As pilot and permanent body-worn camera programs are implemented, it is important to ask questions about how they can be best used to achieve their touted goals. How will the implementation of these programs be assessed for their efficacy in achieving accountability goals? What are the best policies to have in place to support those goals?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: surveillance, body cameras, police, civil rights, data, Michael Brown, Evidence.com, Taser, footage, bias, interpretation, justice


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Date posted: February 26, 2015  

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Mateescu, Alexandra Claudia and Rosenblat, Alex and boyd, danah, Police Body-Worn Cameras (February 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2569481

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Alexandra Claudia Mateescu
Data & Society Research Institute ( email )
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Danah Boyd
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