The Los Angeles Police Commission on Thursday launched its latest effort to answer one of the biggest questions facing law enforcement today, one that has increasingly tested the LAPD and other agencies as video consistently inspires fresh scrutiny of policing: When should footage from police body cameras be released?

Beginning Thursday, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD is asking residents for their answers to that question. The Police Commission is starting a roughly six-week effort to collect public feedback its members will consider before adopting a new policy governing when the LAPD will release video after a “critical incident,” such as a shooting by police.

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Kate Mather

LA Times

Kate Mather is a student at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Mather was a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, where she wrote extensively about the Los Angeles Police Department, crime, and breaking news. Mather was part of the team of reporters that received a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, as well as the team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its reporting on a deadly 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, California. As a fifth-generation Kansan, she’s probably heard every “Wizard of Oz” joke out there.

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