PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is raising discretionary concerns over a policy that will govern the use of body cameras on all of Providence’s uniformed police officers.
The city secured a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help provide the equipment. The award is part of the Justice Department’s $20 million disbursement to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2dfaxEI ) the ACLU says the policy gives officers broad discretion on when to turn the cameras on and off.
The organization is calling for a new policy, saying the current one “lacks clear guidance” regarding the release of body camera footage.
Chief Hugh Clements Jr. says the policy is complete, but the department would consider adapting it when the cameras are deployed.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com