BOSTON – The Latest on the Boston Police department’s body-worn camera pilot program (all times are local):
Boston police says the 100 officers assigned body cameras in a pilot program have so far led to more than 10,000 videos spread out over almost 1,500 hours.
Lt. Mike McCarthy provided the information to The Associated Press on Friday afternoon. Hours earlier, the AP had reported that the information on the pilot program was missing.
McCarthy says that until now there have been 72 reports of camera recording errors as a result of technical failures. He says that the department has, to date, nearly $85,000 at the pilot.
Civil rights groups had said that they had concerns about the program’s transparency. And researchers are planning a study to say that they have been unable to start work because they do not have all the money.
Civil rights groups are concerned about the transparency of the Police in Boston-the test of body-worn cameras reached its halfway mark this week.
Researchers tell The Associated Press that a study designed to assess the six-month pilot started Sept. 12 is not yet underway. And activists say that the officials of the law enforcement no updates for three months in the half year a pilot program.
Police spokesman Michael McCarthy tells the AP that the pilot “progressing as planned”, but refused to provide further details.
Jack McDevitt is a researcher at the Northeastern University. He says that his team have not yet started work, just because it did not secure funding.
Segun Idowu (shuh-GUN’ EE’-duh-woo) is a co-founder of a local group that pushed for the cameras. He says that the lack of transparency is troubling.