This Saturday, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission will hold its last of three listening session on the use of police body cameras in Minneapolis prior to the rollout of the program in 2016. The Commission held its first session on Saturday June 27th at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and its second at on Saturday July 11th at Sabathani Community Center. Both previous sessions had substantial community attendance, and community members were able to share their thoughts, experiences and opinions on body camera implementation with the Commissioners.
The third listening session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday July 25th at the Minneapolis Adult Education Center, Room 140, 2125 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409.
As with both previous sessions, all are encouraged to attend. The key topics covered will be the activation of body cameras, deactivation of cameras, restrictions on camera use, notification of recording, and viewing recordings.
Following this final listening session, the Commission will compile a final report synthesizing public comment with best practices research to formulate recommendations on body camera policy to be submitted to the Chief of Police. That report and recommendations therein will be presented at the monthly Commission meeting scheduled for September 8, 2015 and open to the public.
For those unable to attend this final listening session, community comments on the Minneapolis Police Department’s implementation of body cameras can still be submitted to the Commission via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.