LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to release video from officer body cameras and other sources recorded during shootings and major crimes or confrontations.
Officers have used the cameras in the field since a June 2016 decision by the City Council to spend $59 million to equip more than 7,000 patrol officers with the devices.READ MORE: 725 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Remain In Long Beach Shelter, More Expected To Arrive
The decision by the civilian oversight panel reverses previous Los Angeles Police Department policy that withheld videos recorded by thousands of body cameras.
Chief Charlie Beck was among several officials who previously balked at releasing footage, warning of potential privacy issues involving people seen in the videos and possible threats to ongoing police investigations.READ MORE: Actress Tawny Kitaen Dies At 59; Starred In MTV Videos, `Bachelor Party'
Under the new policy – which applies to body cameras, in-car video, police facility surveillance video, drones and video in the department’s possession that was captured by third parties – video shot during shootings, in-custody deaths and other “critical” events would be released within 45 days.
“I think this will go a long way in helping build public trust through a significant increase in transparency,” Commission Vice President Matt Johnson said.MORE NEWS: Orange County Reaches 5,000 COVID-19 Death Milestone
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