According to Seattle Weekly blog:
The Seattle City Council is currently looking into a program that would make police officers wear lapel-mounted body cameras that would record all the interactions between police and residents. It's an innovative idea that could help bridge the yawning chasm of trust between the public and the Seattle Police Department.It also states that this program will only work if the videos can be accessed by the press and public. And according to Holly Gauntt, KOMO's news director, "SPD in general makes it more difficult than any other law-enforcement agency in obtaining information".
Right now, SPD is being sued by KOMO for not releasing dash-cam videos, believing that the department is breaking state public records law. They also want to remind SPD that the Freedom of Information Act and Washington's Open Records Act are laws and not simple suggestions.
The Seattle Police Department is already under federal investigation following several high-profile incidents of alleged police misconduct.
As I mention before, SPD is one of 20 police departments nationwide that the Justice Department has investigated for civil rights violations in the last year.
A few days after my encounter with a police officer, I feel pretty lucky that I wasn't Justin Boldaji.
Boldaji was crossing in a crosswalk when the light began flashing "don't walk." An officer stopped Boldaji on the sidewalk and told him he'd committed an infraction and threatened to arrest him for obstruction...
Lucky for him, somebody nearby had a cell phone with a camera.
I wish I had a video of that police officer harassing me in front of my child.
If you think that you can walk around with a camera or GoPro recording your interactions with "representatives of the law", think again. Anthony Graber in Maryland faces 5 years in prison for recording out of control cop :
So, it looks like no matter how you play this game, you simply can't win. This game is rigged...unless you're willing to cheat...