SPJ, San Diego Police Chief to Discuss Police Body Cameras


Your next encounter with a San Diego police officer may be recorded. Please join local community leaders, including San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to discuss this major shift in law enforcement policy.

The San Diego Police Department is one of many agencies nationwide now equipping officers with body cameras, a crime deterrent that’s sparked debate amid accusations of excessive police force in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

The Society of Professional Journalists, SDPD and panelists with varying views on police cameras will discuss the benefits and controversies of the new technology. When are police required to record? Can the public and the media see the recordings? Do they actually deter crime? Come get these and your other questions answered.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 14. at 7 p.m.
Where: Lincoln High School Auditorium, 4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Directions to the parking garage: From southbound 805, turn left on Imperial Avenue and cross over the bridge. You will see the Lincoln High campus on the right. To reach the garage, turn right on Willie James Jones Avenue. Follow the road to the back of the school and turn right. The garage entrance will be on the right.

Our panelists include:
Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego police chief
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties policy director
Brian Marvel, San Diego Police Officers Association president
Victor Torres, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Board member
Lei-Chala Wilson, NAACP San Diego Branch president

Moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt, secretary of the San Diego pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

If you have questions for the panel, we’ll have pens and notecards at the event. You can also tweet your questions to @sdspj or text them to 619-987-7786. We’ll try to answer as many as possible. Use #pdcameras to tweet about the panel and follow updates.


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