When would the San Diego Police Department release body camera footage to the public?
Maybe in the case of a riot, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Wednesday.
Zimmerman was talking about the department’s experience with officer-worn body cameras over the first year they’ve been widely used. During that time, she’s taken an increasingly hard line on when she might make footage public. In the beginning, she said she might do it if there was a situation similar to last year’s civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
But in a recent court document arguing against the release of security camera footage from an officer-involved shooting of an unarmed mentally ill man, Zimmerman emphasized that she’d never released any footage before – save one traffic stop to show how the cameras worked – and doesn’t have any plans to.