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[ NNSquad ] Influx of records requests may force police to drop body cams

Influx of records requests may force police to drop body cams

(KOMO): http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-Body-Cameras-282218401.html

    But last month reality hit, in the form of a new YouTube user website,
    set up by someone under the name, "Police Video Requests."  The
    profile says it posts dash and body cam videos received after public
    records requests to Washington state police departments. There are
    just a couple of police videos there posted within the past week.
    People can set up user accounts and if there are enough subscribers
    and page views they can make money -- think of crazy animal videos.
    But in this case, it's videos of people the police have stopped or
    interacted with for one reason or another.  It doesn't sit well with
    local police departments.  "They're just using it to post on the
    internet," said Chief Townsend, "and I suspect it's for commercial
    purposes."  In September, "Police Video Requests" anonymously asked
    Poulsbo PD for every second of body cam video it has ever recorded.
    The department figures it will take three years to fill that request.
    And Chief Townsend believes it is a huge privacy concern, as officers
    often see people on their worst days.  "People with mental illness,
    people in domestic violence situations; do we really want to have to
    put that video out on YouTube for people?  I think that's pushing it a
    little bit," he said.

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