Pittsburgh Police receive low marks in body camera study

A new study released by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn takes a look at the “civil rights safeguards” in policies that govern the use of body cameras at 50 police departments in the United States.


No information on the policies was publicly available for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Sonya Toler, Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman, told that Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Chief Cameron McLay had not reviewed the report yet.  She added, “none of the policies of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are considered public information.”


The coalition looked at the following criteria for the 50 departments:

  • Policy Available
  • Officer Discretion
  • Personal Privacy
  • Officer Review
  • Footage Retention
  • Footage Misuse
  • Footage Access
  • Biometric Use

Law enforcement agencies are quickly adopting body-worn cameras for their officers, following recent events of violence between police and citizens across the country.


One of the main reasons is to show what’s really happening in police-citizen interactions. However, the coalition wants to see how the cameras and the footage they obtain is actually being used.

Complete results of the study can be found here.

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