Saul Shapiro Appears on NY1 Regarding Latest Developments in NYPD FOIL Lawsuit

January 25, 2018

Litigation Department Chair Saul Shapiro appeared on NY1 News regarding the lack of transparency in the NYPD body camera videos that were provided to the news channel as part of a legal battle over access to footage from the NYPD’s body camera pilot program.

The lawsuit was originally filed in January 2016, after the NYPD requested payment from NY1 of $36,000 to access police body camera footage under a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. In April 2017, Judge Kathryn Freed ordered the NYPD to review the 190 hours of body camera footage that NY1 requested within 60 days. The NYPD was then required to provide NY1 with any footage that is not exempt under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

The more than 300 videos that were recently provided to NY1 were filled with audio and video redactions, where the video goes silent or dark. Judge Freed will next review 30 of those videos and rule on the NYPD’s redactions.

To view the segment from NY1’s January 24, 2018 newscast, click here.