As is pointed out in the AP article, the use of privately-owned body cameras contradicts DOJ guidance on the matter.
A 2014 DOJ report noted private cameras on public employees is an all-around bad idea.
This less-than-ideal situation is being made worse by deputies purchasing their own body cameras with personal funds.
An estimated 20 percent of Los Angeles County's 10,000 deputies have bought cameras for themselves, according to the county's inspector general.
Melissa wondered why her goof-off sister was IM'ing from the next room instead of just padding over—she wasn't usually that lazy—so she walked over to see what was up. Unlike Melissa, she opened it, expecting, say, a video of some guy stapling his lip to his chin on You Tube. The girls pieced together the clues and agreed: Suzy's AOL account had been hacked.
For the next couple of weeks, the girls remained watchful for malware, insidious software capable of wreaking all sorts of havoc.
Sheriff Jim Mc Donnell concedes some deputies have their own cameras but disputes that as many as 2,000 wear them on duty. Body cameras owned by law enforcement officers serve zero public purpose.
Any recordings remain the personal property of the officers, who can delete and edit footage as they see fit.
Attached to the note was a file labeled simply SCARY. Yeah, the IM had come from her account, but she hadn't sent it. That night, Suzy's 20-year-old friend Nila Westwood got the same note, the same attachment. When she called her friend to see what she'd missed, things actually got freaky: Suzy'd never sent a thing.
In this case, the LASD's lack of forward momentum on the camera front has turned a portion of its workforce into sole proprietors with badges, guns, and a collection of home movies starring residents of L.
Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.
America's largest sheriff's department is rolling towards an accountability train wreck.
Despite years of discussing the issue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department still has no cohesive policy on body cameras, nor has it taken steps to outfit its officers with the devices.