Maryland lawmakers are hearing bills that propose ways of dealing with privacy in police body camera footage and marijuana use in vehicles.
Initial reviews are positive, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova expects body cameras will be rolled out countywide in the relatively near future.
On March 1, the Fairfax County police will begin a pilot program testing the implementation of body-worn cameras on officers in the field.
The police shooting of a man suspected of ramming his SUV into another car at a Silver Spring shopping center was captured on the officer’s body-worn camera, police said. The footage has been turned over to the state’s attorney’s office.
Body camera video captured a scene rarely made public: a Baltimore SWAT supervisor ordering an officer to kill a man holding two children hostage with a knife. While the video is jarring, the footage offers an unusual window into how officers make a difficult decision to use lethal force.
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“They turn them on whenever they have a call for call for service or whenever they’re going to have an interaction with the public,” said Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.
District of Columbia officials on Tuesday released footage from a body-worn camera showing the moments after a motorcyclist was fatally shot by a police officer.
“We are planning to go operational in October of this year,” said Carlos Acosta, the inspector general for the Prince George’s County Police Department.
“Seeing [an incident] from the very beginning to the very end with a body camera is an a lot more accurate portrayal of what actually happened,” said Montgomery County’s Assistant Police Chief.
The number of cameras will grow about fivefold, but an amendment allows officers to see footage before they write their reports.
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