For their part, civil rights advocates are cautiously optimistic about the report. Kevin Keenan, chief operating officer and legal counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, told StateScoop that he was glad to see the task force recognized the “broad consensus that body worn cameras are an important tool of accountability” but he plans to closely monitor how the city uses the technology going forward.
“We really need to keep the focus on holding the police accountable to the public’s expectations of their behavior and not reinforcing the infrastructure that’s surveilling the public,” Keenan said. “There have to be very strong policies proscribing how cameras are to be used.”
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