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County Supervisors Fund Body-Worn Cameras for Sheriff’s Department

first_imgPublic Safety County Supervisors Fund Body-Worn Cameras for Sheriff’s Department Oversight commission, inspector general want changes to policy STAFF REPORTS/CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 2:57 pm Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Examples of different types of body cameras were displayed at a press conference at Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. in 2013. Photos courtesy LASDThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to fund body-worn cameras for patrol deputies in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) over the next year.The LASD patrols unincorporated areas in the area, including nearby Altadena, and frequently works with the Pasadena Police Department.But activists still could be disappointed based on pending policy on the LASD website that says some footage could be delayed for a year before being released to the public.The Sheriff’s Department’s posted policy states it will release video in response to a Public Records Act request unless it would interfere with an investigation, in which case the release may be delayed for up to 45 days. In the event that the department decides at the end of that period that it would still substantially interfere with an active investigation, the sheriff could hold the footage for up to a year, or even longer if “clear and convincing evidence”’ of such potential interference remains.Unions ratified the policy for gathering and using the footage, but the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Civilian Oversight Commission have recommended changes.The LASD policy “largely mirrors” that of the Los Angeles Police Department, which rolled out body-worn cameras five years ago, according to a June report by Inspector General Max Huntsman. However, where it diverges, the policy favors deputies, Huntsman said.“There are concerns that the policy grants supervisors and deputies too much discretion in deciding when to turn on or off a body-worn camera and that there is no real accountability for a deputy failing to activate the body-worn camera,” according to an OIG report.Routine audits to identify misconduct are prohibited by the policy. It also encourages deputies to review video footage before writing reports, leading the OIG to point to “grave concerns” by the public defender and alternate public defender about deputies fabricating details about what happened.Questions about when and how to release recordings to deputies and the public, as well as how to pay for storing and managing extensive amounts of data, were responsible at least in part for the delay in getting cameras in operation.The LAPD struggled through the same issues.Though the LAPD initially kept recordings for internal use, the department revised its policy in March 2018 to require public release of video from “critical incidents,” such as police shootings, within 45 days.Pasadena has a similar policy, although local police have released video footage well aware of that deadline, including controversial footage in shootings and other use-of-force incidents.In high-profile cases, the LAPD has also acted more quickly. For example, in the 2018 shootout at a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake — where store assistant manager Melyda Corado was killed by an LAPD bullet during an exchange of gunfire between police and a man suspected of shooting two other people — LAPD Chief Michel Moore released bodycam video three days later.The Board of Supervisors had set aside $35 million for the cameras without releasing that money to the department. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger co-authored a motion calling for a transfer of funds sufficient to cover the first year of operations.“Body-worn cameras are an important tool for transparency and I have been advocating to get them to our sheriff’s deputies since Sheriff Jim McDonnell was in office,” Hahn said.“The videos these cameras capture will give us a clearer understanding of what actually happens in the interactions between our deputies and members of the public.”Villanueva blames his predecessor and the board for spending too much time reviewing the problem and potential solutions, while board members have pointed out that the sheriff has had control of the procurement and implementation process. It is just one of many public disagreements between Villaneuva and the board.Hahn said the transfer would allow the department to move forward.The need for video footage couldn’t be clearer at a time when protesters nationwide have been enraged into action by the images of George Floyd, a 45-year-old Black man, fighting to breathe while held down by the kneeof a white Minneapolis police officer now charged with murder.Multiple supervisors noted that the presence of cameras doesn’t necessarily prevent violence.“These body-worn cameras, they don’t solve everything, but they put a lot of things in perspective,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.Earlier this month, the department finalized an agreement with Axon Enterprise Inc. to equip more than 5,200 deputies and security officers with cameras. Villanueva said in a statement on the LASD website that the full roll-out would take 18 months and begin in October, with equipment going first to deputies at the Lancaster, Century, Lakewood,Industry and West Hollywood stations. Compton, East Los Angeles and another eight stations will follow beginning in January, according to Hahn.“Body-worn cameras will provide increased opportunity to review our performance following critical incidents, reduce force and complaints, reduce allegations of misconduct, showcase exemplary work and provide additional evidence in criminal matters,” the sheriff said in his statement. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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Survey: Americans have big gaps in financial knowledge

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Charisse JonesA new survey reveals Americans have limited financial knowledge and stability. An overwhelming majority don’t know the maximum younger people can contribute to a 401(k), and many survive paycheck to paycheck.The poll, commissioned by Fifth Third Bank and conducted by Research Now, found that 90% of Americans did not know that those under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 a year to a 401(k) plan.Although roughly 57.9% of those surveyed said they were financially savvy, only 38.5% knew the annual percentage rate (APR) on their primary credit card, and 60% didn’t have enough savings to survive for at least six months.“Financial literacy is something our country has, based on this survey, not focused on nearly enough,” says Eric Meermann, a certified financial planner based in Scarsdale, N.Y. “I’d say it’s a really big concern.” continue reading »last_img read more

North-west: Talk of the towns

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