May 15, 2015 1:30 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly three dozen advocacy groups are proposing several rules they want police agencies to follow when they adopt the use of body cameras.
The groups, which include the American Civil Liberties Union, say the five "civil rights principles" would help ensure accountability and transparency.
The groups suggest that police develop their camera policies in public with input from community members and to consult with the public on any further changes. They say footage should be released with appropriate privacy safeguards. And they note that police officers should be prohibited from viewing footage before filing their reports.
Civil liberties groups have pushed back against the LAPD's recently-adopted body camera policy, which didn't include many of these principles.
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