Some heads of law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota want body cameras. Based on public testimony at the Minnesota Legislature one head law enforcement official does not believe people have a right to privacy in one’s own home. It was very clear in testimony by Chief Ramsey, Duluth Police Department, in reaction to a question by Representative Mary Liz Holberg.
Rep Holberg outlined a situation if there was a call for service with the following question.
“….you want to enter my home in Duluth with body cams running. Do I have a right as a citizen in your city, have a right to have you turn off the camera before you enter my home?”
Chief Ramsey’s response:
“Madame Chair, right now, no you do not.”
Do you have a right to say no in a non-emergency situation to body cam recording by police in your own home? Is it a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure?
The Minnesota Legislature will be deciding these issues in 2015. Start contacting your legislators.