Police Body Camera Audit to Go Before Minneapolis City Council Committee

July 26, 2017 07:14 AM

The City of Minneapolis' Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management committee will be briefed on an audit of the police department's body camera program Monday afternoon.

The audit comes on the heels of Justine Damond's shooting death, which brought international scrutiny when it was revealed the officers involved had not turned on their body cameras. The independent audit comes at the request of both the council and Mayor Betsy Hodges.

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The Departments of Civil Rights and Internal Audit will jointly conduct the audit of the $2 million program that was rolled out eight months ago. In a press release, the city said the objectives include evaluating compliance with the Minneapolis Police Department's policies and state statutes. The audit will also review body camera training and equipment use.

The current policy calls on officers to turn on their body cameras for more than a dozen situations, including domestic disturbances, traffic stops and any use of force.

Michelle Gross, the president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, said the audit should bring changes to department policy.

"We definitely see the need for an audit, but we also see the need for a very robust body camera policy by the Minneapolis police," Gross said. "There also needs to be state statute changes to make this footage more accessible to the public."

The Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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