PROVIDENCE, RI – The following recent Providence Police Department bodycam footage shows the value of bodycams in documenting real life policing, especially in volatile situations.
The footage obtained by Hyannis News begins with City of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza explaining a recent incident – 6/29/21 – and the city’s decision to release the footage to the public. The HN edit then will show several highlights of encounters between individuals and the police. Some of the encounters are volatile. And finally, the HN video edit will show the entire 6/29/21 Providence PD incident file from beginning to end. The mayor hopes that by releasing all the footage, the public will get an ‘in context’ clear look at officers acting either professionally and unprofessionally.
(Also note: the following footage is from just one patrolman’s body camera. There were many additional body cameras on scene and the City of Providence says it will be releasing more files… these cameras capture an unfathomable amount of information.)
According to local police sources, it’s only a matter of time before all Cape Cod police officers will be expected to wear bodycams. This footage from a very nearby city (literally just 77 miles down the road, or about an hour and twenty minute drive) shows what full police bodycam (body camera) files will look like in documenting potentially controversial incidents.
CAUTION – VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: The following Providence PD video contains an entire publicly released bodycam file from beginning to end. It documents multiple real life encounters between civilians and police officers. The footage documents a neighborhood incident that happened on 6/29/21. It shows civilian/police interactions that escalated and de-escalate throughout the entire incident. It also contains strong language, yelling, pepper spray, and about 6 arrests. It’s the type of transparent video information that many have been requesting to be publicly released upon request. This is what it looks like… it’s the reality of a particular situation… and it may not be suitable for all viewers.
[HN VIDEO EDIT OF PROVIDENCE PD FOOTAGE – PRESS PLAY]
* All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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