Washington, D.C., police union moves to block release of body cam footage

Print
Washington DC police union

The federal district passed a police reform law in July after weeks of protests in the nation’s capital and across the globe against systemic racism and police brutality, sparked by the killing of African-American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Floyd's death, as well as other high-profile incidents of police brutality, led three dozen states to introduce initiatives to change or study policing, according here to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Washington’s emergency legislation requires the Metropolitan Police Department to release the names of officers and body camera footage within five days of an officer-involved shooting or the use of serious force, among other measures.

More...