NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The federal judge who ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy violated civil rights said in a speech that body cameras could have prevented the deaths of two men by police.
Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered a pilot program of body-worn cameras in five precincts as part of her sweeping ruling last year that police officers sometimes carried out stop-and-frisk unconstitutionally by discriminating against minorities. She said at the time that a recording of interactions between police and the public would help curb wrongful stops. The NYPD said three weeks ago it would begin the project but it was in the preliminary stages.
Scheindlin said during a speech last week at the Bronx County Bar Association that the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island and the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, could have been prevented, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports.