Newseum hosts police body cam debate

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
2:30 p.m. in the Knight Studio at the Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Cities and states across the country are experimenting with the use of police body cameras as a way of holding law enforcement officers accountable and building public trust in government. But proposed and existing body camera policies vary greatly, especially with regard to public accessibility to the recordings themselves. Washington, D.C., itself has wrestled with these issues, as Mayor Muriel Bowser's proposed budget for 2016 included $5 million to be spent on police body cameras but also exempted all recordings from the city's Freedom of Information Act. The D.C. Council rejected that proposal; now government officials and interested citizens and organizations are trying to balance the need for public access with the privacy implications and financial expense of providing access. This program will include a discussion of those issues, looking at the national landscape and the specific local proposals.

Panelists include:

  • Katie Townsend, litigation director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Monica Hopkins-Maxwell, executive director, ACLU of the Nation's Capital
  • Gene Policinski (moderator), chief operating officer, Newseum Institute
  • Kevin Goldberg (moderator), First Amendment attorney, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:30pm

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