Tucker, Conaway, Reynolds-Jackson & Sumter Bills to Require and Regulate the Use of Police Officer Body Cameras Clears Assembly

To increase protections for New Jersey communities and police officers, legislation to statutorily require and regulate police body cameras were approved by the Assembly on Monday.

The Assembly passed A-4271, sponsored by Assembly members Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex), and Herb Conaway (D-Burlington), 53-15-6; and A-4312, sponsored by Assemblywomen Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Mercer, Middlesex), Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic), and Cleopatra Tucker), 64-4-6.

The sponsors issued the following joint statement on their measures:

“Police body cameras have become an essential part of community policing today. They aim to ensure accountability for any actions which take place during a police stop, whether it is by the officer or a resident.

    “Tensions surrounding community policing escalated after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The distrust between communities of color and law enforcement is once again highlighted in the national spotlight. A body camera is only one way of ensuring greater transparency and accountability for law enforcement, and to rebuilding community relations; however, it can be a uniquely powerful tool in getting there.”

    The bill A-4271 received passage in both houses and will now go to the Governor for further consideration.