By Hal Eisner, Fox L.A.
One speaker says “I think we need to concentrate on justice and not just cameras.” Another, with a group called Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, disses police body-cams too. Says Jamie Garcia, “Body cameras are a free pass for law enforcement to continue gathering unlimited information on the public during interactions with law enforcement.”
This meeting was to get public input on how the LAPD should use police body cameras. They were shown a model of the one the department plans on getting… told how the memory cards and batteries are sealed inside and how the information has to be uploaded and will be archived for a minimum of two years.
They were also told cameras could also deter crime because people act differently when on camera. And, some of those at the meeting supporting the project agreed with that.
A second public hearing is planned for Wednesday night at the A-G-B-U Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park.