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May 2015 , Page 05 

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From the President: Questions, but Few Answers, Surround Police Body-Worn Cameras

By Theodore Simon

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Criminal cases have always dominated the news. Read any newspaper — if you can find one — and you will see that nearly 50 percent of the front page relates to a criminal case or a criminal law issue.

But today, criminal law has a new focus: law through the lens of a camera, a new information delivery system. While there is the ever-popular traditional camcorder, surveillance security cameras and even the helicopter news driven sky-cam, it is the ubiquitous smartphone, which is every amateur investigator’s dream come true, that has captured the attention of the country and made its presence indelibly known. Cameras provide an opportunity to capture a citizen’s account of the now all-too-common images suggesting, if not establishing, oppressive and excessive law enforcement activities. They capture everything, from impolite behavior to evidence of serious criminal offenses. Without training, skill or experience, anyone can capture video footage that plays on the national

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