BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Video has proved to be pivotal in various police encounters across the nation like the killing of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin.
The Bakersfield Police Department and the Bakersfield community policing organization are teaming up with a focus on accountability. They held a workshop called "How to Safely Record Police Officers." The discussion centered around how to handle situations between residents and law enforcement.
Police Chief Greg Terry says all citizens have the right to record, however you cannot directly interfere with an investigation and if something is happening you need to stay a safe distance away.
On the community side, Walter Williams with the organization gave some tips on what you can do to make a difference.
"ACLU app, My Secret Witness. They have it already. The recording is there and you can have credibility there. If you have the app you can help put a dent in bad situations and if everyone knows you are using that app. You're going to stop a lot of things."
Chief Terry said if you see something, call the department immediately. He also thanked the community for the resources available so all officers can have body-camera equipment.
Also, the department and organization have more workshops planned like Meet the Patrol Officer in Your Neighborhood and Professional Conduct of an Officer.