January 30, 2018, New York – In response to the announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner James O’Neill that the New York City Police Department will be speeding up the expansion of its body-worn-camera program before the court has evaluated the pilot program ordered in the landmark stop-and-frisk case, Floyd v. City of New York, lead Center for Constitutional Rights attorney in the case, Darius Charney, issued the following statement:
Why is the NYPD rushing to spend tens of millions of dollars to expand this program when the Floyd court-appointed Monitor has yet to complete his evaluation of the court-ordered body-worn camera pilot? There is no data or analysis yet on whether the cameras are improving officer behavior or the quality of police-civilian interactions. The whole purpose of the Floyd pilot is to use its results to inform decisions about whether or not to expand the body-worn-camera program. The NYPD decision today seems extremely premature.