This is important: Watch highlights from City Council's hearing on body cameras - Philly


Mar. 17, 2017 9:29 am

This is important: Watch highlights from City Council’s hearing on body cameras

Yes, the vid is long, but we've queued up the main parts up for you so there are no excuses.

Capt. Mark Fisher giving City Council a demo of the body camera.

(Screenshot via YouTube)

A Philadelphia City Council hearing last week heard testimony from a dozen witnesses on how the Philadelphia Police Department’s body camera program should be rolled out beyond the current pilot-mode to the entire force.

From policies to budget, from privacy to hardware, the slew of witnesses provided the Council with a wealth of information on the program’s implementations and best practices.

Below is the full three-hour video, but since (let’s be honest here) no one is going to sit through the entire tape, we’ve queued up the key parts for you.


Per Hannah Sassaman, Media Mobilizing Project’s policy director, the hearing was a nuanced and productive conversation as a first step. The watchdog group said they were open to helping the Council set policies around the use of the cameras.

“It’s extraordinarily important for our communities to understand when and how police officers are using body worn cameras on our streets, especially if the city is planning to expand use of these cameras across the whole police force,” said Sassaman. “We heard a resounding interest from the testifiers and community members who spoke during and leading up to this hearing to make sure that these cameras hold police officers accountable to the communities they serve — rather than work as evidence-gathering or surveillance tools for the police.”

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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