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Archive for January, 2015

Some Chicago cops to begin wearing body cameras in next 2 weeks

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

The Chicago Police Department announced this week that officers working afternoon shifts in the Shakespeare District of Chicago, which includes parts of Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town, can wear body cameras as part of a 45 to 60-day pilot program.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement that “This new program will ensure more transparency from CPD and a new view of the work performed by our officers.”

Several instances of highly publicized police misconduct cases across the country last year have undoubtedly prompted the use of cameras and other new technology in the hopes of avoiding “conflicting evidence”. Most recently, the Los Angeles Police Department ordered thousands of digital taser weapons that automatically activate cameras on police officers’ uniforms once used.

We hope programs such as these become commonplace across the country in the coming months.


New Technology to Address Police Misconduct: Taser Cameras

Posted on: January 14th, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

The Los Angeles Police Department is taking proactive steps to address how to eliminate police misconduct against its citizens. The department recently ordered thousands of new digital taser weapons that automatically activate cameras on officers’ uniforms when used. The purpose of these taser cameras is to create visual records of police interaction with citizens, in the hopes of avoiding “conflicting evidence” when allegations of misconduct are made.

While having a visual record of interaction between police officers and community members is helpful, on a broader level, that hasn’t proven to be a deterrent to officers—or perhaps citizens—from engaging in conflict that results in bodily injury or even death, as in the recent case of Eric Garner. And often times, the visual record doesn’t help disputing parties come to an agreement; if anything, it reinforces different interpretations of events. Nevertheless, when a major metropolitan police department takes steps to address their misconduct, it’s always welcomed.