Community Forum to Discuss Suffolk County Police Department Body Cameras
Monday, May 4, 2015
Patchogue, New York
For the benefit of both the Suffolk County Police Department and the community it serves, a Community Forum will take place at the Congregational Church of Patchogue on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 in the evening to discuss the following and other pertinent questions:
* Have we come too far in significant improvements in the past few years since the hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero and the subsequent strained relations between the community and the Suffolk County Police Department, leading to a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, to risk future allegations of misconduct that could be confirmed or negated by the use of body cameras by police officers?
* What is the position of the Suffolk County Police Department as regards the issuance of body cameras, and how does that compare to Nassau County and other police departments across the country at this time of profound civil disturbances involving encounters between civilians and police?
* What is the position of the County Executive, local mayors, supervisors and other elected and appointed officials as regards the use of body cameras in their respective communities in Suffolk County?
* Are body cameras a deterrent to crime and an encouragement of police restraint?
* What are the financial costs of providing body cameras and the related expenses, such as storing collected data? Are body cameras economically feasible?
The Congregational Church of Patchogue and Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter presided at the funeral of Marcelo Lucero in 2008. The church has hosted many subsequent community events, public forums, including the recent “Coexist Circle” gatherings of diverse people seeking common ground in times of trauma and division.
Dwight Lee Wolter