Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled stop-and-frisk unconstitutional but not flat out wrong. Now, she wants to tweak it and implement a pilot program that will require NYPD officers wear cameras on their bodies.
Todd Morris, CEO of Brickhouse Security said, “its good when you have documented evidence that can prove exactly what happened.”
The cameras cost between 200 and 800 dollars, Morris has already sold cameras to officers for personal use.
The cameras may have to be modified before being placed on the officers, and people are have questions, such as, “When will they get turned off and on?”
Morris said “normally a police officer will need time to turn them on and in an emergency they may not have the time they may need to reach for their gun in some situations.”
Former NYPD detective Mike Sheehan agrees, “This is why judges don’t want cameras in the courtroom — people will start acting.”
Sheehan added, ” A cop may watch what he says or does, (but) it could cost him his life.”
Under the year-long pilot program, precincts from each borough that had the highest number of stop-and-frisks will get the cameras.
The 40th Precinct in the Bronx, 103rd in Queens, 75th in Brooklyn, 120th in Staten Island, and 23rd in East Harlem will all participate.
The city is planning to appeal the ruling.