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A UAB expert will discuss police body-worn cameras, the problematic disconnects between public expectations and reality, and ways the technology could better contribute to police reform.

Natalie Todak, Ph.D., UAB expert will discuss police body-worn cameras, the problematic disconnects between public expectations and reality, and ways the technology could better contribute to police reform.Join the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a discussion on police body-worn cameras at noon Friday, Nov. 13.

The forum is presented by the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Criminal Justice

Beginning with the death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in 2014, a tragic string of high-profile and controversial deaths of Black men by police in the United States spurred a nationwide legitimacy crisis, characterized by public concerns about systematic racism and use of excessive force. Amid this crisis, body-worn cameras emerged as a suggested tool for improving police accountability systems, increasing public trust in police and reducing disparities in criminal justice outcomes.  

In this virtual talk, Natalie Todak, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, covers the existing research on police body-worn cameras. In doing so, she highlights the problematic disconnect between public expectations and reality, discusses how the technology could better contribute to police reform, and charts a path forward.

The Theodore Haddin Arts and Sciences Forum is an ongoing lecture series at UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences. It is a venue for Arts and Sciences faculty to talk about their research with their colleagues, students and members of the public, and is designed to celebrate faculty work and to launch new conversations. 

Registration is required for the Zoom virtual event.



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