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File #: 180379    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Placed On File
File created: 6/20/2018 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/21/2024
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution relating to police body-worn camera video and audio data.
Sponsors: ALD. RAINEY
Resolution relating to police body-worn camera video and audio data.
This resolution urges the Fire and Police Commission to adopt a policy to explicitly prohibit the alteration, by editing, of police body-worn camera audio and video data.
Whereas, Members of the Milwaukee Police Department are using department-issued body-worn cameras to document law enforcement actions as they occur; and

Whereas, The Chief of Police has issued General Order 2016-34, effective July, 15, 2016, also known as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 747 - Body-Worn Cameras (BWC); and

Whereas, The Standard Operating Procedure states that “the video cannot be altered or modified, but members can tag the video in the field while the video is still stored on the camera,” (SOP 747.10); and

Whereas, The SOP further states that “upon completion of the assigned member’s shift, all captured data will be preserved in a secure recording storage location. Upon capture, these recordings are protected with multiple layers of encryption and cannot be altered” (SOP 747.15); and

Whereas, The SOP’s “Operational Guidelines” section states that, “The recorded data is considered to be impounded once uploaded” (SOP 747.25-G-4); and

Whereas, Standard Operating Procedures may be changed at the discretion of the Chief of Police; and

Whereas, Under s. 62.50, Wis. Stats., the Fire and Police Commission has authority over the Chief of Police; and

Whereas, It is in the best interest of the City, its police officers, and its residents to explicitly declare that police officers and other Police Department members are expressly prohibited from altering body-worn camera data, including audio and video data; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is urged to adopt a written policy that expressly prohibits the alteration, by editing,...

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