Police Visibility presents empirically grounded research into how police officers experience and manage the information politics of surveillance and visibility generated by the introduction of body cameras into their daily routines and the increasingly common experience of being recorded by civilian bystanders. Newell elucidates how these activities intersect with privacy, free speech, and access to information law and argues that rather than being emancipatory systems of police oversight, body-worn cameras are an evolution in police image work and state surveillance expansion. Throughout the book, he catalogs how surveillance generates information, the control of which creates and facilitates power and potentially fuels state domination. The antidote, he argues, is robust information law and policy that puts the power to monitor and regulate the police squarely in the hands of citizens.
Police body cameras can be a positive accountability tool, but they can also invade our privacy.
By Bryce Clayton Newell, author of Police Visibility: Privacy, Surveillance, and the False Promise of Body-Worn Cameras Police body-worn cameras do have the potential to make police work, including misconduct and police …Read More >