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Police and civilians disagree on when body camera footage should be made public

By Dan Bromberg, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Political Science, University of New Hampshire
Étienne Charbonneau, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Management, École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP)
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Many police chiefs and regular American civilians agree that officers’ body camera footage should be released to the public after police shoot someone dead.

They differ, though, on when the images should be made public. This complicates achieving accountability, which is often the reason officers wear cameras.

That’s the finding of our new research, published by Cambridge University Press. We…


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