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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Should police body cam footage be public or confidential?

New York City police misconduct and police brutality attorneys are watching with interest the legal battle over whether or not police body camera footage can be shown to the public. Recently, a mid-level appeals court in Manhattan said that it can. 

The recent ruling—which may be appealed by the Police Benevolent Association Union (“PBA”) –pits the PBA against the New York Police Department (“NYPD”) and several other unions, agencies, and groups. 

According to the PBA, police body camera footage is a “personnel record” which should be kept confidential unless a judge makes a ruling otherwise. In support of this position, the PBA relies on a state civil rights law known as “50-a”. Releasing the footage “could threaten police officer safety and invade their privacy” as well as negatively impact public safety, according to the PBA. It fears the recent ruling could make the release by the NYPD of police body cam footage in police officer-involved shootings a routine occurrence.

On the flipside, the NYPD, some local politicians, and several other groups hailed the decision, claiming that the public is entitled to see police body cam footage of police-involved shootings. Proponents feel releasing the footage will offer greater transparency, will show the bravery officers face daily, and will “both reveal patterns of misconduct and also clear those cops accused of wrongdoing”.

Police brutality or misconduct cases can arise from incidents like excessive force, wrongful shootings, Taser injuries, racial profiling, and much more. Police are expected to only use the minimal level of force necessary in any given situation. When they exceed those standards, or engage in searches or actions that violate a suspect’s civil rights, they may be guilty of misconduct or brutality and be subject to departmental disciplinary action as well as criminal charges and/or civil lawsuits, depending on the circumstances.

If you believe you have been a victim of police brutality or police misconduct, the Goldstein Law Firm can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent clients throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York. 


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