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#Local group wants say in #RPD body #cams

Updated: Friday, January 16 2015, 07:42 PM EST Rochester, N.Y. – Officers in gates have them – Greece is testing them and now deputies in Wayne County will too — thanks to a $30,000 state grant. We’re talking about police body cameras. The Rochester Coalition for Police Reform, led by of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, wants a say in how Rochester police launch such a program. Rev. Lewis Stewart, the president of UCLM, says they are putting the final touches on a proposal for how the body cameras would be used. Those policies and procedures would assist the city as it irons out the details of its police body cameras program. Stewart says body cameras should not be activated at the officer’s discretion — all police and community interactions should be recorded. He also wants the video footage stored for up to 3 years — and made available to the community through a Freedom of Information Request. Stewart thinks an independent civilian board should oversee the footage and the footage should be used to enhance police training. “This whole thing is about justice,” says Rev. Stewart. “That’s what it’s about. It’s not a panacea that’s going to right all wrongs but it is one particular tool that can be used in order to help the public and help the police.” Stewart plans to submit these suggestions to the mayor, city council, the Rochester police chief and union leader for review next week.

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