Footage Release Policies for the Buffalo Police Department

By Sarah Wooton

Read the full brief here.

“The City of Buffalo needs to make numerous changes to its body camera policy to make it a more effective tool for transparency and police accountability. In this brief we examine one of those changes: footage release policy. To be effective accountability tools, police body cameras must be accompanied by good policies governing their usage and giving the public access to footage. Otherwise, exemptions in state freedom of information laws can be used to limit the disclosure of critical evidence of misconduct.”

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