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25 Years after the LA Riots

On April 29, 1992, a not-guilty verdict for the four Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been charged with assault and the use of unreasonable and excessive force on Rodney King, sparked the LA Riots. Today, in an...more

Cops, Cameras & The Cloud: Axon’s Offer of Free Body Cameras to U.S. Police Departments

Earlier this month, Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, announced that it will offer a one year free trial of its body cameras and cloud storage to every police department in the United States. While controversy about...more

Are Police-Worn Body Cameras A Mandatory Subject Of Bargaining?

Whether justified or not, the recent spate of high-profile police shooting cases throughout the United States has brought national attention to the issue of whether law enforcement officers should be using body cameras while...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

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The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

Pennsylvania Legislature Seeks to Limit Access to Police Video Recordings

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The bill establishes a more restrictive process for obtaining video than the courts have provided for under the Right to Know Law. The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on October 19 that would prohibit police body...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - August 2016

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Is Your Police Department Ready for Body Cameras? - Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was providing $20 million in grants...more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

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Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - July 2016

by Brooks Pierce on

It is a busy week at the General Assembly as legislators are pushing through the final days of the 2016 short session. The legislature is expected to adjourn for the year either late today, July 5, or tomorrow, July 6. The...more

North Carolina Legislative Update

by Brooks Pierce on

Budget negotiations continued behind closed doors this week, with Speaker Tim Moore and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Phil Berger, working to resolve the final differences between the two chambers’ spending...more

Legislative Update

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With negotiations on the budget bill (H1030) continuing outside the public view, this week the General Assembly focused on other issues. Body Cameras (H972) - The House Judiciary II Committee approved a plan to...more

New Florida Law: Police Departments Must Maintain Proper Protocols for Body Cameras

A new Florida law governing the use of body cameras by law-enforcement agencies has gone into effect, requiring top brass to establish guidelines for the training of officers and use of the devices, as well as the retention...more

Florida Law Mandates Police Body Camera Policies—Then Lets Agencies Fend for Themselves

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Police body cameras are the hot new item on the procurement “wish lists” of law enforcement agencies at all levels of government. Following well-publicized police encounters with citizens throughout the United States,...more

Body-Worn Cameras, the Prosecutor, and the Question of Public Access

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BB&K attorney Gary Schons examines police body cameras from a variety of angles for the California District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor’s Brief. The use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officials and what...more

Body Cameras — Restoring Important Public Trust

With the recent enactment of body camera legislation, Florida has taken an important first step in stemming the erosion of public confidence in law enforcement– but more must be done....more

New Police Procedures Laws for Illinois Municipalities

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Public Act 99-352 into law on Aug. 12, 2015, amending several Illinois statutes concerning local police operations and procedures. The law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Several aspects of...more

CBP Studies Use of Body-Worn Cameras in Certain Circumstances

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is expanding its camera review, including the possibility of integrating new body-worn camera testing into law enforcement operations such as checkpoints, vessel boarding and...more

NJ Attorney General Releases New Directives and Guidance on Police Use-of-Force Investigations and Body Cameras

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On July 28, 2015, John J. Hoffman, Acting Attorney General, issued a supplemental directive regarding the Uniform Statewide Procedures and Best Practices for Conducting Police Use-of-Force investigations (“Supplemental...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

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Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

La propuesta de presupuesto del condado de Miami-Dade confirma el compromiso con las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

La semana pasada, el alcalde del condado de Miami-Dade, Carlos Giménez, presentó la propuesta de presupuesto para el año fiscal 2015-16 y el plan de inversión de capital multianual. Un repaso de las partidas del presupuesto...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

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As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

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