April 7, 2017, New York – This morning, the New York City Police Department is publicly releasing its final body-worn camera policy, subject to the approval of the court monitor and, potentially, the judge in the landmark Center for Constitutional Rights, Floyd v. City of New York, which found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices to be racially discriminatory and unconstitutional under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. The NYPD is releasing the policy together with its response to a report by New York University last summer based on a public survey and comments on body-worn cameras from New Yorkers. Darius Charney, lead attorney in the Floyd case for the Center for Constitutional Rights, made the following statement:
While we are glad New Yorkers had the opportunity last summer to provide input on such an important policing policy, we are disappointed that the NYPD incorporated little to none of that public input into its final body camera policy. We also have concerns with the substance of the policy, which was developed as part of the court-ordered body camera pilot program in the Floyd federal stop-and-frisk litigation, and we plan to raise those concerns with the court in the coming weeks.
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