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Sacramento Police Issue new Directive on Body Cameras

The Sacramento Police Department has issued its first written policy on when an officer can turn off their body camera.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 10:28 AM

Sacramento Calif.—The Sacramento Police Department has issued its first written policy on when an officer can turn off their body camera.

The new guidelines come after the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, where two police officers muted their microphones after the shooting.

The new directive was sent to the officers last week after it was discussed publicly at a Police Commission Meeting.

A spokesman from the department says body camera use is discussed in training, but officers had not received any written directives on when the cameras could be turned off until now.

The memo says that officers can turn cameras off in limited circumstances including dealing with a victim of sexual assault, or if a supervisor instructs them to do so.

The new directive also requires the officers to verbalize their reason for turning off their microphone.

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