The SFPD’s manipulation of body-camera footage is now raising concerns among some of the people who were involved in creating the policy for the cameras about the accuracy of what is recorded.
The concerns center on if and when officers decide to turn off their cameras and the use of a mute button on the device.
The May 3 shooting at the Subway at 940 Market St. has raised renewed worries about how well body cameras are working as a tool of transparency.
“Given all the body-worn camera cases I have, where there is no sound or where the body-worn camera is turned on, [it’s] only [in] time for the clean-up. I think that the department general order needs to be clearer,” said Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young, who worked closely with the San Francisco Police Department to develop its policy.
Source: The San Francisco Examiner