Officers can review body camera footage after initial statements, under proposed policy
San Francisco police officers will only be allowed to review body camera footage following critical incidents after making an initial statement, according to an agreement between The City and the police union.
The often contentious policies in question, which are expected to be reviewed and finalized by the Police Commission on Wednesday night, will govern how The City’s more than 2,000 police officers will use the body-worn cameras set to be issued by the end of the year.
“I think it’s a substantive change,” said Commissioner Victor Hwang, who thought the union and The City had all but come to an agreement on the policy back in December.
One of the key sticking points over the use of body cameras by San Francisco police has been whether officers can look at the footage before making statements in critical incidents like shootings.