Who Should See LAPD Bodycam Video?  

LAPD Body CamsRespond to the Survey – Make Your Voice Heard!!

Justice Not Jails applauds Police Commission president Matt Johnson for inviting the public to weigh in on the question of releasing police bodycam video. When the city first started equipping officers with the cameras two years ago, we denounced the policy of leaving it entirely up to the police chief whether to release video (apart form court-ordered releases). We said that leaving it to the chief’s discretion runs totally counter to the goals of transparency and accountability.  We also denounced the no-bid contract given to Taser International for the expensive equipment.

Now that the city is about to to the next stage in equipping all 7,000 front-line officers with bodycams, the Police Commission has brought in the New York-based Policing Project, a respected nonprofit, to help guide the process and shape the policies.

peter laarmanThis is a great opportunity to say “no” to secrecy and to the perverse use of video to block accountability in dubious use-of-force cases. We urge you to take the Policing Project’s poll.

Peter Laarman

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.