Transcript for Minneapolis police change body camera policy after bride-to-be fatal shooting
It has been a tough ten days. It has been a tough ten days for the city. And particularly for Justine Damon's family. One of the toughest things that all of us in Minneapolis have had to face. Is that after the time in the money and the energy that we put into making sure that body cameras were in place. We did not have body camera footage in an incident where it mattered a great deal. What good is a camera if it is not being used. When it may be needed the most. From this day forward in the Minneapolis police department. We want to add strength to our expectations. Body worn cameras must be on. This policy change will become active in three days which requires officers to turn on their cameras when dispatched to any call. Or any self initiated activity. I'm clarifying intent in the policy so officers know. It is required to activate their body worn cameras. We're putting clear and policy. The range of discipline. Who we are also making it clear that it has always been true that the full range of discipline was available and existed. This month we have been training our supervisors to conduct auditing of their officers body worn cameras. His supervisor audit training has helped to shape strengthen. And clarify. Our policy. We are not passing judgment on a single officer. Nor are we looking at a single event. We're responding to our communities. And two recent ongoing. Assessment. I can tell you this policy enforcement. Achieving this policy enhancement. Has been in process for a few months now. They're also should be noted that many of our officers. Are using their cameras a lot. And as are intended to be used. But there are some officers quite frankly they're not using them nearly enough. We're merely eight months into her full body camera roll out of the meaning Apple's police department. New equipment takes some time to get used to we saw that when we outfitted our squad KR cameras. Several years ago. We sought community input when we drafted this buddy camera policy. And we were clear in stating that this body worn camera policy was subject to change. All policies within me Apple's police department. Are subject to change as police work constantly evolves. This may not be the last changed her body weren't camera policy. It may not be the last change this month as a work group has been formed to move forward and looking at are biting our camera policy. The point is the cameras helped give everyone. A clear picture of an event. We want our body cameras to accurately depict an event no matter what the circumstances are. For the sake of our officers for the sake of her community.
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