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Watchdog group wants changes to police body cam policies

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With a deployment date fast approaching, the Atlanta Citizen Review board is looking into the Atlanta Police Department’s policies when it comes to body cameras.

Members of the board wrote a six page letter to Chief George Turner questioning how the body-worn cameras will be managed and made recommendations.

According to its review of drafted policies, officers would be able to review any video before they write a report. The board doesn’t think officers should have that option. Some taxpayers agree.

“If you have a video that you have reviewed, then you can go back and complete your report to match the video,” said Rodney Tulley.

When CBS46 went to a body camera information session last week, we talked to the department’s deputy chief, Cerelyn Davis.

“Anytime that officer is making a traffic stop, that’s an instance when the camera would be on,” she said.

According to the watchdog group, the video of that traffic stop would only be kept for 45 days. The board said citizens have 180 days to file a complaint.

“If there’s 180 days to file a complaint, there needs to be 181 days before the video is deleted,” said Tulley.

Atlanta police wouldn’t comment on the listed polices and said the procedures are being finalized. Deputy Chief Davis said Zone 4 will get 110 cameras sometime in November.

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