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SB 8 - Requires Law Enforcement to Use Body-Worn Cameras - New Mexico Key Vote

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Title: Requires Law Enforcement to Use Body-Worn Cameras

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Title: Requires Law Enforcement to Use Body-Worn Cameras

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires law enforcement to use body-worn cameras.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires police departments to abide by the following guidelines (Sec. 1):

    • Police officers must wear a body camera and activate it whenever an officer is responding to a call for service;

    • Body cameras cannot be turned off until the encounter is over; and

    • Any video recorded by a body camera must be retained by the police department for at least 120 days. 

  • Establishes that disciplinary action will be taken on police officers who (Sec. 1):

    • Fail to operate a body camera in accordance with department policy;

    • Intentionally manipulate body camera footage; or

    • Prematurely erase body camera footage in violation of department policy.

  • Establishes that a police officer’s certification will be revoked if they are convicted or plead guilty to a crime involving the unlawful or threatened use of physical force (Sec. 2). 

  • Establishes that a convicted or guilty officer’s credentials cannot be reinstated unless the officer is exonerated or pardoned by the governor (Sec. 2). 

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Requires Law Enforcement to Use Body-Worn Cameras

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires law enforcement to use body-worn cameras.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires police departments to abide by the following guidelines (Sec. 1):

    • Police officers must wear a body camera and activate it whenever an officer is responding to a call for service;

    • Body cameras cannot be turned off until the encounter is over; and

    • Any video recorded by a body camera must be retained by the police department for at least 120 days. 

  • Establishes that disciplinary action will be taken on police officers who (Sec. 1):

    • Fail to operate a body camera in accordance with department policy;

    • Intentionally manipulate body camera footage; or

    • Prematurely erase body camera footage in violation of department policy.

  • Establishes that a police officer’s certification will be revoked if they are convicted or plead guilty to a crime involving the unlawful or threatened use of physical force (Sec. 2). 

  • Establishes that a convicted or guilty officer’s credentials cannot be reinstated unless the officer is exonerated or pardoned by the governor (Sec. 2). 

Title: Requires Law Enforcement to Use Body-Worn Cameras

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