Testimony to D.C. City Council on MPD Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program Policy

On May 7, 2015, LNS Senior Counsel Rachel Levinson-Waldman testified before the Committee on the Judiciary of the Council of the District of Columbia, raising important questions about the policy governing the Metropolitan Police Department’s body-worn camera pilot program.

May 7, 2015

On May 7, 2015, LNS Senior Counsel Rachel Levinson-Waldman testified before the Committee on the Judiciary of the Council of the District of Columbia, raising important questions about the policy governing the Metropolitan Police Department’s body-worn camera pilot program. The testimony pointed out that the pilot policy was unclear on several important points: the consequences to officers for failing to turn on their cameras when appropriate;  internal sharing restrictions for the video; and rules for recording in private homes. Furthermore, the policy required a three-year retention period for recordings of First Amendment activity, which – while a potentially important response to a history of police abuse – also has the potential to chill exercise of First Amendment rights. Looking forward, Levinson-Waldman also urged the committee to limit the deployment of biometric technologies.

Testimony to DC Judiciary Committee on Body Cameras