A panel of experts will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the use of body cameras in law enforcement.
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Where: Terrace Room (2nd floor), 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver (map)
Admission: Free, but space is limited — register now! Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Video recording systems are increasingly used by law enforcement agencies across the country. In most cases, body cameras are used to record officers’ interactions with the public and to facilitate evidence-gathering at crime scenes. Many people support body cameras as a mechanism of transparency: they can help protect people’s civil rights. Body cameras also benefit police officers who may be wrongly accused of misconduct or abuse of force.
However, critics claim more evidence is needed before assuming any of these benefits exist. They argue that body cameras will be beneficial only if they are used appropriately. Others claim that the use of body cameras in policing does not get at the root of problems related to police accountability, discrimination against individuals and communities of color, and abuse of force.
Given the recent changes in our political landscape, priority must be given to dialogue about issues within the criminal justice system, especially ones connected to race. Questions of how to manage these issues at a local, policy level need to be addressed.
- Jennifer Fratello, Policy Director, Office of the Independent Monitor, City of Denver
- Sergeant G. Michael Vogler, Denver Police Department
- Jason Mollendor, Commander of Investigations and Community Relations, Auraria Police Department
- Denise Maes, Public Policy Director, ACLU of Colorado
The panel will be moderated by Professor Mary Dodge, CU Denver School of Public Affairs.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. Panelist presentations will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period.
Photo courtesy of Denver Post.