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The Count: body worn cameras used by the New Orleans Police Department




Presenting his department's mid-year budget to members of the New Orleans City Council last month, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said NOPD has made strides in its use of body-worn cameras, which have doubled from 400 in early 2015 to 800 as of the July 27 Council Criminal Justice Committee meeting. Last week, NOPD announced it has made available the raw data from body cameras from as far back as 2010. As part of the city's "open data portal," NOPD also has raw numbers from calls for service and reports from "major aspects of the federal consent decree," including bias-free policing, sexual assaults and domestic violence.   But in a report this month looking at body cam programs in police departments in 50 cities, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights gave mixed marks to NOPD and discovered a "nationwide failure to protect the civil rights and privacy of surveilled communities." Among eight categories, NOPD scored highest in making its policies accessible to the public, scored passing marks in three other categories and failed in four.

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