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Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana (2016)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-01-27

Duration: 00:57:37

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Crime | Wearable video devices in police work | Law Enforcement | Police


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Dixon, Don Interviewee
  • Marcelle, C. Denise Interviewee
  • Sternberg, Scott Interviewee
  • Lundy, Jake Speaker
  • Gallagher, Jim Speaker
  • Ghetti, Michelle Speaker
  • Dixon, Stephen Speaker
  • Chandler, Jahaan Speaker
  • Pitcher, Reginald Speaker
  • White, Quadraex Speaker
  • Harrington, Patrick Speaker
  • Yau, Tat Speaker
  • Red, Rashaud Speaker
  • Jordan, Edmond Speaker
  • Branson, Taryn Speaker
  • Livaccari, Donovan Speaker
  • Grieshaber, Haley Speaker
  • McClanahan, Michael Speaker
  • Feltner, Elizabeth Speaker
  • Borghardt, Franz Panelist
  • Bester, Alfreda Tillman Panelist
  • Basco, Darrell Panelist
  • Stole, Bryn Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 26, 2016, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the issues surrounding the implementation of police body cameras in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss: the effect of body cameras on the behavior of police officers and citizens; the privacy issues related to the use of body cameras; and the need to establish policies on when the cameras are recording. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Franz Borghardt, the chairman of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Body Camera Implementation Task Force; Alfreda Tillman Bester, the General Counsel for the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP; Darrell Basco, the state president of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police; and Bryn Stole, a reporter with “The Advocate” newspaper. They discuss: their perspective on the use of body cameras; the timeline for implementing body cameras around the state; the funding sources and costs of the cameras; the use of the footage in investigating an officer’s use of force; who should regulate body cameras; the current policies in Louisiana, including when an officer turns the camera on or off; and the redacting process for releasing footage to the public. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott