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Activists Question Why Cops Can See Body Cam Footage Before Filing Incident Reports

Nov 15, 2017

Credit civilrights.org

The use of body cameras by police has become more widespread, but there remain inconsistencies in how agencies deal with the footage.

That's raising concerns among community activists. A new report by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn Research shows the vast majority of the nation's largest police departments, including Columbus, allow officers to view the footage before writing a report or being questioned by investigators. The group believes that policy undermines police credibility and could influence how the officer describes what happened. Police officials say it ensures officer reports are accurate.