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After Alleged Beating, Legislators Call for Dash Cams on Cop Cars

After reported police brutality, legislators propose resolution to require cameras, county reveals pilot program to test surveillance methods.

After reported police brutality, legislators propose resolution to require cameras, county reveals pilot program to test surveillance methods. (Photo: Office of Kevan Abrahams)
After reported police brutality, legislators propose resolution to require cameras, county reveals pilot program to test surveillance methods. (Photo: Office of Kevan Abrahams)

One day after Nassau police officer Vincent LoGiudice was charged with the felony assault of a Westbury man, police and politicians spoke out on surveillance of police activity in Nassau County.

NCPD Inspector Kenneth Lack confirmed the department began developing a pilot program to test and review dashboard and body cameras. Working with two private sector companies, the department will test and review the technology before deciding on its implementation.

The pilot program is part of an 18-month revitalization of Nassau police ethics and policies and was sparked by the alleged beating of Kyle Howell in Westbury last month.

Related: Nassau Cop Charged in Beating Caught on Tape

“It’s about everyone’s protection; the police officers and the general public.” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, D-Freeport.  “Transparency and accountability are major reasons for this important announcement, but ultimately it is to ensure the protection and safety of all our hard working police officers and the general public that they serve.”

Abrahams joined together with fellow Nassau lawmakers to Wednesday to announce a resolution to require dashboard cameras in Nassau. Abrahams and fellow lawmakers–Legis. Carrie Solages, D-Elmont, and Legis. Siela A. Bynoe, D-Westbury–made the announcement in front of Nassau Police Headquarters. 

“Transparency and public trust is the cornerstone of government and there is no time like today to start taking real steps on ensuring that law enforcement and our residents are being protected with technology that can allow the truth to prevail.” stated Bynoe.

“There is a lot of stress in the job of a police officer and we appreciate that," added Solages. "They are naturally put into very stressful situations and when the public meets a police officer in a given day that is stressful too. The emotions can fly and memories can be distorted; but now one thing that won’t change is the story that the video tape reflects.”

The legislation would order the First Precinct in Baldwin, the Third Precinct in Williston Park, and the Fourth Precinct in Hewlett to install the cameras on marked and unmarked patrol cars and motorcycles, Newsday reported. 

Nassau presiding legislator Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, claimed the resolution was a "day late and a dollar short" since the county had already been exploring the pilot program, said the report. Abrahams responded that while he is glad the county is proceeding with the program, he didn't "deem it a coincidence that they announced this today."

Do you think Nassau County Police should have dashboard cameras and body cameras? Do you think cameras would make police accountable for their actions? Or is it an invasion of privacy? Tell us in the comments.

joe thrapp June 05, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I support the NCPD, period. I do not support PO acting like the one alleged police officer in the video. I am sorry I did not use the word alleged in my previous blog. I believe I said this would be decided by a jury. It's hard not to jump to conclusions when Mr. Howell looked like this when he left his car. I know lets hang Mr. Howell !http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/video-shows-young-man-beaten-cops-article-1.1782244
D.R.St-Jacques June 05, 2014 at 01:51 PM
The matter of having cameras mounted in the sector cars will be a good idea and will enable the public to realize that the Nassau P.D. are doing their very best to protect all.
Jack June 05, 2014 at 09:53 PM
A better idea to prevent corruption and other criminal acts would be toe require politician cams. All elected politicians required to wear a body camera and record all work conversations.
catman June 06, 2014 at 12:03 AM
More waste of money. In L.A. the cops in South Central tampered with their dash cams so they wouldn't work and all that happened is the city fixed the cameras and Chief Beck warned the guilty cops not to do it again.
Patch adams June 06, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Stop giving all that authority to uneducated , under trained, power hungry punks who need a gun and a badge to be someone

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