WHEREAS public trust in law-enforcement practices has been eroded in recent years by video footage of egregious police misconduct in various cities around the country;
WHEREAS the wearing of body cameras by law-enforcement personnel is a means of creating a record of police conduct for later review, as needed; and
WHEREAS the wearing of body cameras by effective and humane law-enforcement personnel is a means of improving the public’s understanding of how, when, and why these police use force, thereby potentially increasing the public’s trust in its law-enforcement personnel; and
WHEREAS the Arlington County Police Department has for several years unsuccessfully sought funding for improved and more comprehensive body-camera equipment;
WHEREAS the Arlington County Manager is now seeking approval from the County Board to spend $1.05 million on body cameras and related equipment for the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, and Arlington County Fire Marshals; and
WHEREAS the Arlington County Board is scheduled to vote on the County Manager’s request in July 2020; and
WHEREAS the Arlington County Democratic Committee believes strongly in transparency and accountability in policing; therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Arlington County Democratic Committee supports approval by the Arlington County Board of the County Manager’s request to fund adoption of a comprehensive body-camera system to support the County’s law enforcement personnel.
Passed and Approved on this 1st day of July, 2020.