Privacy rights may trump transparency as Congress debates Ferguson policing

By   /   August 19, 2014  /   No Comments

By Susan Crabtree | Washington Examiner

Fear that body cameras would infringe privacy rights may thwart congressional efforts to reform policing in the wake of riots in Ferguson, Mo.

A key Democratic author of legislation to reduce the militarization of police forces says dashboard cameras for police are OK, but worries that body cameras may go too far.

After protests over a deadly arrest in Ferguson led to a military-style police response, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., began drafting a bill to limit a Defense Department program that provides military equipment, vehicles and arms to police around the country.

But his spokesman, Andy Phelan, told the Washington Examiner that Johnson was not yet sold on one popular approach floated over the last week: giving police wearable cameras to record their interactions with the public.

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