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Ayoshi

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Body cams for Cops ?
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:16:36 AM »
Senator wants cops to wear body cameras during drug raids | Inquirer.net - August 21, 2017
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In a statement issued on Monday, Gatchalian said he would file a bill on this “in response to the suspected murder of 17-year old Kian Loyd delos Santos in the hands of police anti-illegal drugs operatives.”

“Footage collected from police body cams would provide concrete evidence to hold police scalawags administratively and criminally liable for violating their oath to serve and protect the people,” he said.

He added that video evidence of all anti-illegal drugs operations would be a “powerful tool” to ensure transparency and accountability in the execution of the government’s war on drugs.


Senators support use of body cams for cops | The Standard - August 26, 2017
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Amid the growing public uproar over the spate of killings and police abuses during operations in the administration’s war against illegal drugs, four senators want police operatives to wear body cameras in their operations.

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The senator said that while media personnel are allowed to witness police operations, none of them have so far recorded these killings during operations. There are no CCTV cameras at the scenes of these operations or if there are, these are either defective or intentionally turned off for allegedly security purposes.

“There is, thus, a lingering doubt as to what actually transpires during police operations; the worn-out narrative is that most of those who died resisted arrest or, in the usual police alibi, ‘nanlaban.’ It is therefore imperative to put in place mechanisms that will ensure transparent police operations.”

Poe, the vice-chairperson of the committee on public order and illegal drugs, said a policy requiring body-worn cameras should be put in place so that those who are conducting appropriate investigations or review of cases have indisputable evidence how the operations are carried out and the police responses to alleged resistance to arrests.

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Re: Body cams for Cops ?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 08:08:02 PM »
PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows | Rappler - September 19, 2017
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We hope the request for 37,00 body cameras to be purchased ma-approve ng (will be approved by) Congress," the Chief Superintendent told reporters.

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Carlos said they did not include the cameras in their P131.26-billion request, but were hoping that lawmakers were still open to the additional cost as many have expressed concern in the rise in killings during police operations.(READ: Dela Rosa cries again in Senate hearing, insists 'no policy to kill')

"Hopefully ma-include sa budget at makabili tayo kaagad (Hopefully it gets included in the budget so we can purchase them immediately)," Carlos said.

Asked for the price of the cameras they sought to purchase, Carlos said they have not found a specific unit to use as reference.

According to Carlos, they only requested 37,000 cameras as they will not use them all the time. "Priority po 'yung operatives (The operatives are the priority)," Carlos said.

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Re: Body cams for Cops ?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 08:42:23 AM »
Having our police wore body cam won't deter 100% any illegal activities. But its a move in the right direction for transparency sake.

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Baltimore public defenders say body camera video shows faked evidence
Baltimore police body camera videos show "multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the public defender's office, the second such instance of alleged misconduct caught on tape in recent weeks.

The latest video comes not long after body camera footage was released that appeared to show a Baltimore police officer planting drugs at the scene of an arrest in January.
That video, released by the Office of the Public Defender, appears to show an officer placing a plastic bag into a food can and then hiding it under debris. The officer leaves the scene only to return shortly after, and appears to stumble upon that plastic bag of drugs in the can.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/us/baltimore-cop-allegedly-planting-evidence/index.html

Bodycams used in the US police force are not configured the same as an off the shelf action camera. When the bodycam is activated, it will save 30 seconds of footage before its activation.