Twice in the last few months, the Fort Worth police have done something police departments typically don’t do: They chose to release body camera footage of controversial arrests. Experts say body-worn cameras are still an emerging technology, and they raise some thorny issues about what the public is allowed to see and who the cameras serve.
Last week, a 50-second cellphone video began circulating on social media. Shot from an onlooker driving by, the video shows a man on his stomach, with two Fort Worth officers on top of him. One officer delivers sharp punches to the side of his body. The man cries out on the tape.