L.A. County Sheriff's Department

LA deputies' private body cams raise transparency questions

America's largest sheriff's department still lacks a policy for body cameras after years of studying the issue, so hundreds — perhaps thousands — of its deputies have taken matters into their own hands and bought the cameras themselves.

It's reassuring for those Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who have the devices, which sell for about $100 online, but it raises a host of thorny questions about transparency. Chief among them: How can the public be assured critical footage will be shared if there are no policies for what gets disclosed?

"It's a recipe for disaster," said Melanie Ochoa, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern...

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