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NEFAC, R.I. Advocates Make Policy Recommendations for Police Body Cameras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | The New England First Amendment Coalition is calling for body-worn cameras to be used consistently among police departments in Rhode Island with timely release of footage and adequate safeguards for constitutionally-protected activity. “We start from the position that the use of body-worn cameras is a […]

Recap: NEFAC’s Panel Discussion on Conn. FOI Law, Police Body Cameras

By Amanda Palmeira The New England First Amendment Coalition recently hosted a panel discussion on Connecticut’s public records law and the use of body cameras by law enforcement. It highlighted the often contentious balancing of privacy and transparency interests. Titled “Caught on Camera: The FOI Fallout from Police Cameras,” the April 8 discussion was part of the Making […]

NEFAC Opposes Effort to Exempt Police Body Camera Footage from Mass. Public Records Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | The New England First Amendment Coalition opposes a bill in Massachusetts that would make police-worn body camera footage exempt from the state’s public records law. In addition to establishing a taskforce to explore the use of body cameras and law enforcement policies, House Bill 2120 […]

Providence Police Dept. Deserves Praise for Releasing Body Camera Video of Recent Shooting

R.I. State Police Continue to Withhold Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | The New England First Amendment Coalition praises the Providence Police Department for promptly releasing body camera footage showing the recent fatal shooting of a Rhode Island man as he rammed his pickup truck into other vehicles on Interstate 95. The coalition, however, criticizes the […]

NEFAC Urges Vermont Law Enforcement to Release Police Body Camera Footage of Winooski Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | The New England First Amendment Coalition today urged the Franklin County (Vt.) Sheriff’s Department, the Winooski Police Department and Vermont State Police to make public as quickly as possible any body camera footage in their possession related to a recent fatal shooting of an unarmed […]

Caught on Camera: The FOI Fallout from Police Cameras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | As police departments around the country increasingly use body cameras, many questions arise about access to these video records under freedom of information laws and how journalists can use the videos ethically. On April 8, the New England First Amendment Coalition will conduct a panel discussion of […]

With Body Cam Bills and FOI Laws on Collision Course, Several Reminders to Lawmakers

By Amanda Palmeira Police body camera legislation and state freedom of information laws are on a collision course. With 34 states considering legislation to address body cameras for law enforcement last year, questions about the public’s accessibility to the footage captured by those cameras still abound. Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic recently argued, however, […]

With Police Body Camera Legislation, States Need to Remember Importance of Public Access

By Amanda Palmeira Following recent excessive force cases across the country, many states are quickly legislating the use of body-worn cameras for police officers. The National Conference of State Legislatures reported that 34 states, as of May 18, 2015, were considering legislation to address this law enforcement issue. Within New England, states have responded to the technology to different degrees, and in some cases, not […]

How We’re Helping to Increase Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability

Transparency is the first the step to justice. As our country debates the role of police in our communities, it’s important to remember that the public’s right to know about government is a prerequisite to accountability. Citizens must know how their law enforcement agencies operate in order to understand if they are working in the […]

NEFAC Urges Stronger Transparency Requirements in Conn. Police Legislation

Coalition Testimony Outlines Measures Needed to Improve Accountability and Public Oversight FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | The New England First Amendment Coalition sent a letter to Connecticut lawmakers today recommending specific transparency requirements that should be included in recently proposed police accountability legislation. “With those in Connecticut now discussing how […]