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Audit: Atlanta police often failed to use body cameras

December 5, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — An audit has found Atlanta police officers failed to turn body cameras on and off at required times in more than half of cases.

Officers failed to record two-thirds of dispatched calls between November 2017 and May 2018, according to the audit report. Auditors also found officers deleted videos they were not authorized to and mislabeled some too.

Police Chief Erika Shields had asked the City Auditor’s Office for the review. Shields said she wanted to document how widespread the problems were so she could begin to address them.

“I am not happy with it,” said Atlanta Police Erika Shields told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “But I’m not surprised. I knew that what we are asking of officers is a culture shift.”

The department has made a commitment to transparency and there will be more proactive discipline as a result of internal audits, Shields said.

Shields said her department has disciplined officers for failing to follow department policy on body cameras.

The discipline most often occurs when a complaint has been lodged against an officer and “the camera footage is not there.”

“What you are going to see from our end is more proactive discipline as a result of our internal audits,” Shields said.

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