ACLU: Virginia needs uniform policy on police body cameras

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is raising concerns about the lack of uniformity across law enforcement agencies’ policies on body-worn cameras. The organization reviewed the policies of 59 local law enforcement agencies that responded to its public records request. The ACLU review found that only 3 percent of agencies require officers to tell members of the public when they’re being recorded. Only 12 percent ban the use of body-worn cameras in a private home when the resident objects. The ACLU says its review shows the need for consistent protocols across agencies to ensure all residents’ rights are being protected. Among other things, the group says agencies’ rules must be clear on how long the data can be stored and the consequences for officers who break the rules.

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