The ACLU of Vermont supports police use of body worn cameras if they are used according to policies that adequately protect privacy, assure accountability, and allow transparency.
Body cameras are tools – whether they are helpful or harmful depends on how they are used. Before body cameras become ubiquitous, Vermont needs clear uniform rules so that we can enhance public trust in the police without needlessly sacrificing our privacy, liberty, and justice system norms. While the ACLU of Vermont is cautiously optimistic that properly used body-worn cameras can help deter police misconduct and use of force, body camera polices must include the certain hallmarks to gain ACLU-VT support.
Download or read our one pager on recommendations for policies to accompany police body cameras.