Privacy Violations At The Open Lake Park Police Department

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Everyone is entitled to privacy, especially when it comes to law enforcement. To make the public, and the officers protecting them, feel protected the implementation of body-worn-cameras in the police force is occurring. Sometimes, this equipment malfunctions and ends up doing more harm than the good it promised. When this occurs, a reevaluation of how the cameras are being used should happen to make sure improvements occur. As shown by the recent privacy violations to the Round Lake Police Department regarding body-worn cameras, officers need to become more familiar with the technology they are using and stricter policies about their usage are necessary. Recently, issues concerning officer privacy have arisen due to the misuse of…show more content…
Immediately after discovering the recordings, Izzo informed his commander of the problem which caused a department-wide suspension of body camera use. These recordings violate the department’s policy to not record during private times of the officers (McCoppin). One officer on the force claims to have seen Burch remove the video in question. This disregards the state law put into place that requires the recordings to be saved no less than ninety days. Consequently, out of the thirteen officers within the department, ten are suing over the unauthorized video recordings and requesting more than $100,000 each in damages due to the violation of their privacy. Initial training for camera use involves the supplier, WatchGuard, to show administrators, such as Burch, how to use a feature that deactivates continuous filming with the cameras. Administrators are then in charge of showing officers how this works. If this feature is not disabled, the camera will not stop filming (McCoppin). All these issues together have caused conflict with the Round Lake Park Police Department and raised questions concerning the use of body-worn cameras. Concerning legal problems, body camera issues over their use and policies are still unclear. Incidents of police brutality, like those that occurred in Ferguson, MO, have increased the demand for body-worn cameras in
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