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NYCLU Comment on Proposed Rollout of Body Cameras to all NYPD Patrol Officers in 2018

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NEW YORK  — At a press conference today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill announced the rollout of body cameras to all NYPD patrol officers by the end of 2018. 
The following statement is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union: 
“Police practices, especially shootings and racial profiling, deserve serious public scrutiny, and body cameras promise to provide a measure of transparency. 
“The rollout of cameras to the entire NYPD patrol force has the potential enhance accountability, but only if the footage is made public, with faces of civilians blurred to protect privacy. Public support for body cameras will not last if the technology becomes just another gadget to help police and prosecutors, instead of a tool for meaningful reform of police practices.”  
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