Boston Police Reform Task Force Holds First Public Session and discussed police body cams

Boston’s Police Reform Task Force heard directly from the public for the first time Wednesday during a low-key virtual session about body cameras.

The 11 members of the task force, whom Mayor Marty Walsh appointed last month, had previously met in private. Its first public “listening session” drew many questions and silent pauses as about 70 participants focused on the department’s current policies on body cameras.

The inquisitive tone contrasted with the weeks of loud protests in Boston demanding changes in the practices and funding of city police.

“Is there thought in how to integrate these body-worn cameras with the concept of data availability?” asked a woman who identified herself only as Elena. “Will data availability and publicizing of this data be a part of body cam implementation?”