The hypocrisy of it all. First, the PD wants to keep videos concealed, now …well, I guess it shows the heroic acts of the PD. Can’t have it both ways, can you?

City of Duluth wants to keep some police body camera footage private, state says no

Associated Press DECEMBER 30, 2014 — 9:40AM

DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth says some of the video taken by police body cameras should be kept private. But, the state says no.

Patrol officers in Duluth have been wearing body cameras since July. The cameras promote transparency, but they’re also raising privacy concerns about video taken inside private residences. One case involves an officer-involved shooting last August.

The city recently asked the state to temporarily classify some police video as private until the Minnesota Legislature can address the issue. The request listed several categories of concern, including mental health crises and domestic assault responses. The state denied that request.

Stacie Christensen is director of the Information Policy Analysis Division in the state Department of Administration. She tells WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1rx3Lh8 ) anything that takes place in a home would be public, if there wasn’t an active investigation.

 

Body cam captures Duluth officer pulling potential jumper to safety
By News Tribune on Sep 30, 2015 at 6:23 p.m.

A dramatic body camera video released by Duluth police on Wednesday shows an officer rescuing a man who threatened to jump from the top of a downtown parking ramp.

The video, recorded on Sept. 19, shows officer Joe DeJesus pulling the 32-year-old man to safety from his seat on the ledge of the Holiday Center ramp along Third Avenue West.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay posted the video to Facebook, where it was being widely shared.

“This is an example of the life saving work our officers do every day,” Ramsay added. “The male was taken in for help and was uninjured thanks to the excellent work by Officer DeJesus.”

The video shows DeJesus’ perspective as he approaches the man. The officer keeps his distance, but engages in a calm conversation for several minutes.

DeJesus then returns to his squad car and retrieves a cigarette for the man. The man extends his arm to grab it, and DeJesus grabs ahold of him, pulling him down to safety.

Police redacted identifying information from the video, blacking out the man’s face. Officials often have cited privacy for those in mental health crises as a reason to not release police body camera video.

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