Providence asked to reject body cameras, pending stronger policy

By: News Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The ACLU is asking City council members to reject funding for the police body cameras Monday evening, until stronger policies are put in place.

With the help of a $375,000 Federal grant, Providence has a deal to buy 250 body cameras at a cost of $1 million.

The Rhode Island ACLU is unhappy with the policy because it has officers turning on their cameras for situations including chases, police stops, searches, and arrests; saying that won’t ensure that everything gets captured on tape.

Steven Brown, the Executive Director of the RIACLU says they’re also concerned about making sure people can access the video after it’s recorded.

“If they’re recording all this footage but then its difficult for anybody to gain access to it when there are allegations of misuse of force by police then it doesn’t address what it’s supposed to address which is promoting trust in the community,” said Brown. “If you put in the right policy I think the wearing of cameras can be helpful to everybody.”

Police have said they’ll be keeping close tabs on how the cameras are used.

ABC6 News reached out to Providence Police, but there’s no word yet on whether they plan to make changes to their policy.

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