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NY Lawmakers to Review Police Body Cameras

NY Lawmakers to Review Police Body Cameras  (Photo: Tony Webster, Flickr)

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A panel of New York state lawmakers is examining the benefits and concerns associated with the use of body cameras on police officers.

Three different Assembly committees plan to meet Tuesday in New York City to review the use of the technology by law enforcement.

Some lawmakers and many critics of police conduct say wider use of the cameras could ensure that the public has a way to hold law enforcement accountable. But the technology is expensive, and prompts questions about how long the video footage should be preserved, who can access it, and whether the privacy of individuals caught on camera can be protected.

Lawmakers say they hope the meetings will give them a better understanding of the technology and its possible use by New York police departments.