Re: Lesson here
Have police wear body cams and have them turned on 100% of the time.
It should never be at the officer's discretion, that just invites abuse. And all cops should be required to wear them, and they must be recording with no option to disable, at all times on duty.
Some commenters suggest recording should be shut off in certain sensitive cases. No. Just no! The recording protects both the victim and those attending. Recordings aren't just released freely to any bugger that wants them.
The victim will be photographed in such cases anyway. Being on low-res body-cam doesn't change this.
Mark sensitive recordings as sensitive - a "sensitive" button on the camera is sufficient. Sensitive recordings should not be viewed or released without a fully audited approval and supervision chain. In fact, no recording should ever be released without this, but more so for sensitive recordings.
Having grey areas leads to opportunists gaming the system, and discretionary recording makes the whole exercise pointless.