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Should Cops Get to Review the Video Before They Report?

By Kathy Pezdek & Campaign Zero

Insight:If it is important to know exactly what happened, then viewing the video footage will always be more accurate than the account of an officer, in which case the officer does not need to see the footage. If it is important to know an officer’s perception of an event, then it is important to preserve his memory untainted by viewing the video footage. In neither case is viewing the video footage recommended.

A New York Police Department Sergeant demonstrates how to operate a body camera during a press conference in December. ANDREW BURTON/GETTY IMAGES

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