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house Bill H.R. 1497

ICE Body Camera Act of 2017

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedMarch 10th, 2017

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Title

ICE Body Camera Act of 2017

Official Title

To require all deportation officers of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to wear body cameras when engaged in field operations and removal proceedings, and for other purposes.

Summary

ICE Body Camera Act of 2017 This bill directs U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure that all deportation officers of its Enforcement and Removal Operations wear body cameras when engaged in field operations or removal proceedings. ICE must establish policies for: when officers should wear, activate, and deactivate such cameras; the effective placement of such cameras; receiving and storing accurate recordings; the proper management and use of such cameras; and the availability of recordings to the subjects of removal proceedings, victims of crime, and the general public and for internal use by law enforcement officials. A recording shall be provided to each party to any administrative proceeding, civil action, or criminal prosecution to which it pertains.
    ICE has been given truly alarming power to search at airports and entry points without cause or judicial order.
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    ICE has been known to run roughshod over their treatment of people, regardless of their citizenship. We need to get rid of this wild west mentality and expect professionalism of all officers, regardless of who they work for. Body cameras, and constant use of them, will protect both the people the officers encounter and the officers themselves. Dash cameras should be used prior to exiting the vehicle, and bodycams engaged while exiting the vehicle, and kept on.
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    Body cameras make everyone involved in law enforcement encounters safer and can provide valuable evidence in any subsequent complaints and court proceedings.
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    It's bad enough when innocents are targeted. Body cameras show evidence when needed should there be court cases.
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