Minneapolis Chief: Body Camera Use Up After Policy Change

September 18, 2017 10:45 PM

The Minneapolis police chief says he's seeing an increase in use of body cameras since he required that officers turn them on when responding to any call.

Numbers released Monday show that from July 29 to Aug. 27, officers recorded 55,729 videos with their body-worn cameras. That's up 133 percent from the 23,876 videos recorded from June 15 to July 14.

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The hours of video recorded jumped nearly 260 percent, with more than 9,000 hours recorded in the July to August period.

"There's still a lot more work to be done and we are still learning with this new technology," Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a news conference Monday.

Arradondo changed the department's policy after an officer shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15. The officers did not turn on their body cameras before the shooting. The chief says his officers are reminded often that the new policy must be followed.

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"I think as our inspectors continue to go to community meetings and they're hearing from community members regarding them wanting to make sure our officers are capturing more of those engagements on body-worn cameras, that's important," Arradondo said.

The numbers were released a day before the City Council hears results from an internal audit on body cameras.

Council Member Linea Palmisano said too many officers are still not following body cam policy. She said their performance is "slightly improved, but still terrrible."

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Arradondo said he hasn't seen the audit report yet, but he's open to suggestions on improving the policy and enforcing that officers follow it.

"I'm welcoming any recommendations that come from that," Arradondo said of the report. "Again, this is new technology."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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