National report backs up civil rights concerns on JSO body cameras (“As the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to solicit public feedback on its pending body camera program, a new national report mirrors the concerns that city residents have raised here. The demands of civil rights leaders and those at town hall forums reflect an underlying suspicion that the Sheriff’s Office will land on a policy that offers too many protections to officers and not enough transparency for citizens. On Wednesday, a report by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers laid out guidelines for crafting body camera policies that echo many of the concerns shared at the town hall forums so far….Sheriff’s Office senior spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith said the agency would ‘review the recommendations of the NACDL, as part of the important feedback we are gathering and receiving from many stakeholders on this issue.'”) (See also American Bar Association Public Defense News.) (Links to NACDL’s March 15, 2017, news release and body cam report are available here.)
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