After incidents in which LAPD officers have been involved in shootings or used other kinds of serious force, there are often community meetings and discussions about the incidents…both to sort out what happened in the specific situation, and to weigh the larger issues involved in such activity. One of the tools most often discussed in those forums is police video footage – whether there is any, whether cameras should or shouldn’t be used in such situations, and – if there is footage – whether, and when, it should be released to the public.
Now, with the help of the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law, the UCLA School of Law and the UC Irvine School of Law, the Los Angeles Police Department is developing a new policy on the release of video footage after an officer-involved shooting or other serious use of force. Part of the development process is seeking community input…and LAPD is asking stakeholders to weigh in on the subject. To learn more about the pros and cons of the issues, and to take a brief survey, please visit https://policingproject.org/lapd-video-release/
There is also an ongoing series of public community forums, where you can learn more and register your thoughts. Remaining dates include:
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30PM:
Seoul Recreation Center, 3250 San Marino St., Los Angeles
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:30PM:
ONE Generation Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd., Los Angeles
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 PM:
Location TBD – Operations Central Bureau
You thoughts and input are important. Please note that the comment period will end on May 7.