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BREAKING: California Senate Passes AB 1215, Blocking Face Recognition on Police Body Cameras

Thanks to the organizing of a coalition of civil rights groups — including Team MediaJustice and Network member Media Alliance — the California Senate just passed AB 1215: The Body Camera Accountability Act, which blocks law enforcement agencies in the state from using facial recognition surveillance on officer-worn body cameras.  Myaisha Hayes, National Field Organizer, Criminal Justice …


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New Face Recognition Test Results Support California Bill to Keep Tech Off Body Cameras

The following comments were read by MediaJustice Co-Executive Director Steven Renderos at a press conference held today in Sacramento, regarding AB 1215, the Body Camera Accountability Act. See below for more details on the press conference, where the results of a new test supporting the bill were also released. My name is Steven Renderos, I’m …


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NYPD Body Cameras Fail to Deliver Accountability

What started off as a wellness check in the Bronx resulted in 16 rounds fired at Miguel Antonio Richards, who lost his life earlier this month.  Miguel, a college exchange student from Jamaica, was 31 years old and had been living peacefully in his apartment building for several months, until his landlord called NYPD for …


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MAG-Net Media Justice Salon: Body Cameras and Police Surveillance: Police Accountability or Harm?

On January 20, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net)  and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice hosted the Media Justice Salon, Body Cameras and Police Surveillance: Police Accountability or Harm? Local police departments, municipalities and the federal government are dumping tremendous public resources into the acquisition of body worn cameras. These devices have yet to be …



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A Police Body Worn Cameras: A Police Scorecard

The Center for Media Justice and others worked with the Leadership Conference and Upturn to produce this great report check it out! In the wake of high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, Baltimore, and elsewhere, law enforcement agencies across the country are rapidly adopting body-worn cameras for their officers. One of the main …


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Many Police Departments Have Dismal Body-Camera Laws

This article was originally posted on the Atlantic and written by Robinson Meyer. It has been reposted with their permission. In the past year, protestors and activists have accused the U.S. police departments of systemic racism and abuse. The nation has an app for that: Police body-worn cameras. Since last fall, outfitting every cop on …


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What should access to body-worn camera footage cost?

This is reposed from from Equal Future Yesterday, the ACLU of Northern California sued the Hayward Police Department for charging “unlawful and excessive costs … [for] disclosing body worn camera footage requested under the California Public Records Act (PRA).” According to the lawsuit, the Hayward PD required the National Lawyers Guild to pay $2,938.58 for …


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Police Body Worn Cameras: A Policy Scorecard

This scorecard evaluates the body-worn camera policies currently in place at more than two dozen police departments across the country. The goal is to highlight promising approaches that some departments are taking, and to identify opportunities where departments could improve their policies.