On Wednesday night, San Francisco police came a step closer to wearing body cameras while on patrol, when the civilian oversight Police Commission finalized its policy recommendations.
The Police Department, the officers union and the City Department of Human Resources now must review the policy and return it to the commission for passage.
The policy approved this week is a document of compromise. Mayor Ed Lee announced in April that was he was writing $ 6.6 million into the city budget over two years for a full deployment, jumpstarting policy development that had stalled an earlier, federally funded, pilot program.
The policy details were hammered out over a battery of public meetings, and by Wednesday only one major issue of contention remained: Whether or not the involved officers in cases of officer-involved-shootings should be able to view the footage before giving statements for the official incident report. Other issues, like guidelines for public release and the thorny problems of redaction, were left left vague and unargued, though they are sure to require future attention…