Published On: Wed, Jun 8th, 2016

Tell Boston City Council: Do it right on police body cameras

I am writing to express my support for police body worn cameras (BWCs) in Boston–but only if a BWC program ensures transparency, accountability and privacy.

I am a Boston resident, and I care deeply about the safety of my family, my community, and police officers who have the tough job of patrolling our neighborhoods and investigating crime. Body cameras can protect people on both sides of the badge.

I know the Boston Police Department (BPD) intends to roll out a BWC pilot program this summer. But unless the program has good policies–as the proposal by the Boston Coalition for Police Accountability does–then we should not do it at all.

That’s why I’m counting on your leadership to move the issue forward and ensure that the program is not set up to fail due to a lack of either good policies or clear commitment from BPD leadership. Let’s not wait until there is a violent incident in Boston and the community is torn apart because no one knows what actually happened, as we have seen in other cities.

Thank you for considering my concerns.