When Cops Wear Body Cameras, Who Gets to See the Footage?

Police in Fresno released video footage Wednesday of two officers shooting and killing a 19-year-old man. The shooting happened last month. The department’s chief said he decided to release the graphic body camera footage because of intense interest in the shooting. The footage shows the man reaching behind his back and grabbing an object that officers believed was a weapon. He can be heard saying he hates his life before officers open fire. Police departments across the country are equipping officers with body cameras, but many questions remain over who gets to see the footage.

Credits

Guest:
Nancy La Vigne - Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Sarah Sweeney