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Stockton Police Department Announces New Body Camera Video Policy


Stockton's police chief has announced a new policy to release body camera video of officer-involved shootings within 10 days.

It’s the department’s effort to be more transparent and build public trust. 

Stockton Police have 250 bodycams, so every officer on the street can activate it at a traffic stop, an arrest, or any contact with the public.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones says he will release that video if there is a compelling and public interest.

Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva says previous video from officer-involved shootings was never released because it was evidence in ongoing cases but the new policy will allow the chief that discretion.

“We feel within 10 days that certain parts of the investigation should be done such as interviewing all the witnesses who possibly saw the officer-involved shooting,” says Silva.

Silva also says video from a half dozen past cases of officer-involved shootings might also be released.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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