Q & A

From New Jersey:Question: What impact issues are negotiable in regards to body worn cameras? Answer: The answer varies a bit from state to state, but the following “impacts” or “effects” are generally thought to be negotiable: (1) Pre-statement review of video; (2) whether supervisors can routinely review videos for evidence of misconduct (sometimes referred to as “trolling”); (3) whether BWCs have GPS tracking; (4) activation thresholds; (5) premium pay for…

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Police Shooting Report Mostly Subject To Public Records Disclosure

On March 24, 2012, just after 11:00 p.m., two officers with the Pasadena, California Police Department responded to a 911 call. The caller claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint by two men. Much later, the caller admitted he had falsely reported that the robbers were armed. Responding to the dispatch broadcast, the officers proceeded in their squad car to the area of the alleged crime. As they approached…

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Post-Incident Breath Test Ruled Constitutional

The unions representing New York City’s police officers, detectives, and sergeants brought a lawsuit challenging NYPD Interim Order 52, which requires that a breathalyzer test be administered to any NYPD officer involved in a shooting that results in injury or death to a person in New York City. The unions challenged the Order as an unconstitutional search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. A federal court upheld the Order,…

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