The science is real!
Progressive Dane alders will find it more difficult to vote against cameras worn by police officers after a report issued by UW-Madison law professor Keith Findley.
Findley chaired the committee that proposed the Police Civilian Oversight Board and is an alternate on that board. In a memo issued today to Mayor Satya and the Common Council, Findley said introduction of body-worn cameras in the Chicago police force “had a significant impact on increasing accountability for police misconduct … and in minimizing racial disparities in adjudication of civilian complaints.”
Findley cited a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Confirmation of civilian complaints against police increased 64% after the implementation of body cameras. Further, complaints from black people were less likely to be ruled unsubstantiated — from 53% before using the cameras to 18% after their introduction — about the same as white complainants (16%).
Body cameras survived a non-binding test vote 07-06-21 by a 10-9 vote. These alders voted against police cameras:
Juliana Bennett*§, Brian Benford§ (Willie St.), Nikki Conklin*§ (northwest side), Jael Currie, Yannette Figueroa Cole*§ (Orchard Ridge, Nakoma), Grant Foster* (east side), Keith Furman (19th), Patrick Heck* (2nd), and Arvina Martin (11th).” ( * Progressive Dane; § Socialist ). More here.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sad thing is that the research won’t change a single vote, it sez here.