A police force that’s faced a barrage of misconduct allegations and concerns about its internal controls wants you to trust those controls as it outfits officers with body cameras.
About 300 San Diego officers are now mandated to record arrests and enforcement-related interactions with the public and the police department plans to equip all its officers with cameras by the end of next year.
But Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who has been a proponent of the camera program amid misconduct and racial profiling scandals in an effort to increase the public’s trust, said Tuesday night the footage they collect likely won’t be released to the public anytime soon.
“The video footages are considered evidence,” Zimmerman said during a panel discussion organized by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “And at this point, in the policy, I don’t plan to release any of the video with it because it is considered evidence.”