Body-worn Camera Bill Possibly Problematic
June 9, 2016
AB 1940 (Cooper) would require law enforcement agencies to develop a policy for using body-worn cameras; the policy would have to allow peace officers to review his or her body-worn camera recordings before making a report, giving an internal affairs statement, or before any criminal or civil proceeding. The bill contains many other specifications and requirements related to body-worn camera recordings.
CSAC is tracking this bill both from an employee relations and a justice perspective. There are concerns about potentially problematic or confusing language related to management obligations for decisions to use body-worn cameras. The bill requires the policy to “be developed in accordance with the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act,” which could be interpreted as making the choice to use body-worn cameras as being subject to bargaining.
CSAC is hoping to amend the language in this bill to clarify that only the effects or impacts of utilizing body-worn cameras would be subject to meet and confer obligations under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.