The reason for this decision was the need to increase the “transparency and accountability” of the police and the FBI, the US Department of Justice said.
The US Department of Justice will require employees of its subordinate federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to use a chest camera when detaining and searching suspects. The document with such content was published by the Ministry of Justice of the country.
The reason for this step was the need to increase the “transparency and accountability” of American law enforcement agencies in public relations. The Reuters news agency points out that the current US administration has publicly expressed sympathy for the victims of police brutality, including the situation around the death of an African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020. Reuters explains that federal law enforcement officers were previously prohibited from using recording devices, which led to conflicts with municipal and state police. In 2020, police officers were allowed to use video recorders when conducting joint operations with federal agencies, the agency said.