Who Watches the Watcher?

In a month in which Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott two years ago, was found guilty of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice and video of another fatal police shooting went viral, it was heartening to read the Society of American Archivists’ “Issue Brief: Police Mobile Camera Footage as a Public Record.”

Photo of police uniform with built-in body camera by JobsforFelonsHub.com via CC BY license.

Among the most powerful statements within the brief is this sentence:

“The Society of American Archivists has a vested interest in developing and advocating for comprehensive policies to govern these records in the interest of serving the public good and affirming the importance of Black Lives.”

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