Mike Gatto

Rules for body cameras are left to local police departments as lawmakers struggle to pass statewide regulations

Rules for body cameras are left to local police departments as lawmakers struggle to pass statewide regulations

Over the past two years, police departments up and down California have outfitted their patrol officers with body-worn cameras in an effort to boost community trust in law enforcement. At the same time, state lawmakers have tried and failed to pass a half-dozen major bills to address a range of issues including when officers turn the cameras on and off and when the public might see the video.

The Legislature’s inability to agree to body-camera rules reflects

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