Sunday, April 9, 2017

Unions threaten legal action against proposed NYPD body camera rules

The NYPD’s proposed rules on officers using body cameras, released Friday, quickly ran into a stiff head wind from some police unions that threatened imminent legal action to stop their implementation.

The proposals governing the use of body cameras, set to roll out at the end of the month in the 34th Precinct in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, would mandate changes in the Patrol Guide, the bible of police procedures.

Under the rules, officers would be required to tell members of the public they were being recorded — unless notification would impede an investigation or create a danger. The rules also spell out when police must record, such as during arrests or car stops, and should not record, such as victims of sexual abuse or informants.

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