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Harrison: Policy Coming On Release Of Body-Worn Camera Footage

2 min read - Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he’s viewed the body-worn camera footage from a police-involved shooting, but hasn’t said if he’ll release the video to the public.

“We will make a determination about how and when and if we should do that,” Harrison said.

Harrison said the department currently has no rules when it comes to release of body-worn camera footage.

“I think in the very near future there will be a policy on how these things unfold and when and where and how to do that," he said.

He said he thinks it’s important to have a policy.

“I think in the best interest of transparency and accountability, it will drive that decision," Harrison said. "I believe in being accountable to our community and our department. Those things are being considered."

A man was killed late Sunday evening in northwest Baltimore after a police-involved shooting. Investigators said they were called for an assault in the 4900 block of Pembridge Avenue, a few blocks from Pimlico Race Course.

Harrison said officers found a man outside the house when they arrived  He then went back inside the house, according to police. Harrison said the officers received information that led them to believe the man had a gun.

“Having personally reviewed the body camera footage, I can tell you there was a threat from this subject to the officers,” said Harrison.

Harrison said he and several of his top officers have reviewed the body worn camera footage.

The police department began implementing the body-worn camera program in May 2016 – a year after the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. The city police department has a policy where officers are required to turn on their camera from the beginning until the end of an encounter, whether it's a service call, traffic stop or pursuit.  The policy calls for the camera to be turned on as soon as the officer receives a call.


Source WBAL
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