Calling on the City of Lompoc to mandate the use of body cameras for it's police officers.

Calling on the City of Lompoc to mandate the use of body cameras for it's police officers.

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Shawndel Malcolm started this petition to City Councilmember Victor Vega and

Body-worn cameras are growing in importance for both police and the public. Every Police Officer in the country should be wearing a body camera. Why?  Body cameras are a straightforward, non-controversial solution that would go a long way towards making clear what's happened in the context of an officer involved shooting. Cameras protect citizens from unjustified force used against them, and protect officers who are properly doing their jobs. 

In a study done in California last year, cameras resulted in a 60% reduction in use of force, and an 88% decline in the number of complaints against officers. This transparency and accountability is essential in transforming the relationship between the LPD and the community. The use of body cameras will also result in better report writing as specific details can correspond with video footage.

Lompoc has been discussing body worn cameras as far back as 2014. At the time, LPD had three cameras in service until Police Chief Walsh suspended the program until a policy was in place. The discussion was explored again in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and recently in 2020. Since then, the LPD have been in multiple officer involved shootings of Lompoc Citizens. The most recent on March 28, 2021, when officers shot and killed 26 year old Krys Brandon Ruiz.

The 2016-17 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury concludes that the use of body cameras has the potential of providing greater transparency for both the public and law enforcement. When there are so many questions about what transpired during an incident, why is the City of Lompoc and the Lompoc PD still "discussing" body worn cameras. Now is the time to implement this common sense solution.

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