“…Decades of distrust between communities of color and law enforcement have been magnified by the recent rash of police violence perpetrated against unarmed African-Americans,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “National activists and advocates have called for changes in the way police interact with civilians, and the Police CAMERA Act will provide needed tools to address unlawful and deadly interactions. While LDF supports this bill, we are under no illusions that it should be the only measure used to ensure responsible policing in communities across the country. Body-worn cameras must be part of a broader reform effort that includes deescalation and racial-bias training, comprehensive data collection, and appropriate responses to police misconduct.”
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