Baltimore Sun Editorial Challenges Needs for Body Camera Privacy Legislation

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-10-09) reported that two Baltimore County Council Members, Todd Crandell and Wade Kach, have introduced a resolution urging the Maryland General Assembly to consider a statewide policy to clarify when the public should have police body camera video footage under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA). The resolution calls for protecting individual privacy rights while maintaining … Continue reading Baltimore Sun Editorial Challenges Needs for Body Camera Privacy Legislation

Baltimore County Equips 1,400 Officers With Body Cameras

Baltimore County has trained and equipped 1,400 police officers with body cameras — one year ahead of the original schedule. The Baltimore Sun reports: Since the first officers started wearing cameras, the county has handled more than 250,000 recordings covering 45,000 hours of video footage. The first five years of the program is expected to … Continue reading Baltimore County Equips 1,400 Officers With Body Cameras

Baltimore County Considers Body Camera Use For Police Officers Employed As Security Guards

A Baltimore Sun article (2017-08-10) reported Maryland Senator Jim Brochin is considering legislation that would require Baltimore County police officers to use their body cameras when working a second job as a security guard. The proposal is based on an incident where an off-duty uniformed County police officer fatally shot a man while working as … Continue reading Baltimore County Considers Body Camera Use For Police Officers Employed As Security Guards

Howard County to Pilot Police Body Cameras

The Howard County Police Department is gearing up to pilot a police body camera program. The pilot will include 10 officers. Once the pilot is concluded, approximately 250 officers could be equipped with cameras if the county decides to move forward with a permanent program. The Baltimore Sun reports: A 19-member police department committee is … Continue reading Howard County to Pilot Police Body Cameras

Audit: City Police in Compliance with Body Camera Policy

An audit completed by the Baltimore City Police Department found that the department is in compliance with the policy established for its body camera program. The department has taken action to address disciplinary and training issues where violations of the policy were found. As reported in The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore police policy requires that officers … Continue reading Audit: City Police in Compliance with Body Camera Policy

Body Camera Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee

In a surprise move, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee defeated MACo’s initiative bill to refine what footage from police body-worn cameras could be released under the Maryland Public Information Act. MACo’s bill, described by many as a “near consensus,” had sought to limit the worst-case scenario of a broad, untargeted request for footage that could … Continue reading Body Camera Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee

MACo and Partners Support Initiative Bills on Police Body Camera Footage

MACo Associate Director, Natasha Mehu, testified in support of a pair of cross-filed bills, Senate Bill 970 and House Bill 767, “Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body-Worn Digital Recording Devices,” before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee on February 21, 2017. The bills are one of MACo’s four legislative initiatives for 2017. … Continue reading MACo and Partners Support Initiative Bills on Police Body Camera Footage

City Balances Accountability &. Investigation In Body Camera Video Release

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-11-28) reported that Baltimore City planned release body camera footage of a police shooting of an alleged knife-wielding suspect this week – a first under the City’s new body camera program. The article noted the conundrum increasingly facing law enforcement agencies: weighing the need for police accountability and transparency against being able … Continue reading City Balances Accountability &. Investigation In Body Camera Video Release

Body Cameras: Balancing Privacy and Accountability Under the PIA

MACo has adopted four initiatives for the 2017 General Assembly Session. This post outlines MACo’s initiative to balance the release of police body camera video footage under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) and provides Q&A to help provide basic information and helpful links to explore issues in more depth. For a primer on police body … Continue reading Body Cameras: Balancing Privacy and Accountability Under the PIA

Prosecutors and Public Defenders Struggling To Review Police Body Camera Video

A Daily Record article (2016-10-23) reported concerns from prosecutors and public defenders about how they were going to manage the sometimes significant amounts of time needed to review police body camera footage. As previously reported on Conduit Street, MACo is reintroducing its body camera bill from last year as a 2017 legislative initiative in an attempt … Continue reading Prosecutors and Public Defenders Struggling To Review Police Body Camera Video