Many police departments, although sometimes reluctantly, have embraced body cameras on officers.
Unfortunately, last week the California Assembly passed, 59-1, Assembly Bill 2533, by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles.
The bill would require “a public safety officer to be provided a minimum of three business days’ notice before a public safety department or other public agency releases on the Internet any audio or video of the officer recorded by the officer.”
Just enough time for thug cops to review the video and make up a story to cover-up their brutality. No one is buying this.
The bill was proposed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California, which says it represents “more than 66,000 public safety members and is the largest law enforcement organization in California.”
They’re the Police State thugs we’re referring to.
According to a statement by PORAC, the delay in releasing the videos is needed because, “[o]ftentimes, officers involved in critical incidents face real and tangible threats from criminals or angry members of the public.”
Yeah, sure. This is pure bullsh*t designed to help thug cops escape prosecution.
Nowadays, most people have smartphones and other cameras that capture video of interactions with police and which are uploaded to the Internet within minutes. That’s the world of surveillance all of us — including police — now live in and have to get used to.
The sole vote against AB 2533 was by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank. “To encourage more civic engagement and trust, we must make government more transparent,” she told us. “I have been, and continue to be, a staunch advocate for reforms that will improve government services that people have to rely on — including public safety services. But we cannot do that without providing open and transparent information to the public.”
She’s obviously the only pol in Sacramento with any balls, and any understanding of basic Constitutional rights.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News