Duquesne University School of Law

Prof. Rago speaks about body-worn cameras at continuing legal education program

Monday, January 30, 2017

Professor John Rago discussed the increasing use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement agencies at a Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law program, Balancing Safety, Justice and Privacy: Body-Worn Cameras, Forensic Evidence and the Right to Know

Erik Arneson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, and Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Clarence Trapp, also spoke at the January 27 continuing legal education (CLE) course. 

During the program Rago discussed PA SB 976, a Pennsylvania bill pertaining to balancing use with wiretap violations, privacy concerns, and the public's right to know. The Duquesne law professor was one of the principle drafters of the legislation. State Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) and State Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), sponsors of the bill, joined the CLE program for this portion of the event.   

"Pennsylvania faces a number of unique challenges regarding the deployment of police body cameras. Officer and citizen safety, liability, wiretap considerations, privacy, and right to know considerations are only some or the challenges we face," Rago said. 

"We are moving forward cautiously in order that the legislation we are proposing in PA SB 976 fully and fairly protects police and citizens while balancing privacy and transparency interests."

Faculty Referenced In Article

John Rago, J.D.Associate Professor of Law