SF fire chief bans helmet cameras after images from Asiana crash were published, cites privacy

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 18, 2013 - 1:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Fire Department ban on video cameras now explicitly includes helmet-mounted devices that film emergency scenes, according to Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

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localguyAug. 18, 1312:48 PM

There will definitely be a lawsuit and the video will be Exhibit A. Seems like the Chief is more concerned with avoiding accountability then protecting the privacy rights of the victim.

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sarahanneAug. 18, 13 2:32 PM

I agree with him on this. Especially in this case. When there is an emergency like this one there are things that if you had hindsight you would do over. If people were rational and could use this camera as a learning experience to prevent future accidents I would say yes, but all these will do is lead to lawsuits. In life accidents do happen.

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obviousAug. 18, 13 4:21 PM

Wow ... they're burying this one quickly !! ... Could hardly find it after rebooting ... Loose the cameras and no one can see that a plane crashed and sat there for over thirty minutes ... right ??

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pipdipchipAug. 18, 13 5:33 PM

If I was a resident of San Francisco, I'd go straight to city hall on this one. There is really no legit reason to ban cameras. The chief is blatantly trying to hide the truth that the actions of the fire dept. killed a girl. Video cameras don't lie. In this case it hurts the fire dept. but it could help in other cases. If I were a chief, I'd want every firefighter to have a camera. If you and your men are doing their job, you should have nothing to hide. I do agree however that the release of video publicly should be done by the fire dept. or a similar agency and not directly from the firefighter.

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dymomanAug. 18, 13 6:38 PM

This chief needs to go! If her priorities are in avoiding lawsuits instead of accepting responsibility she has no place in the job she holds. No bull crap excuse like this can make her look better, she's clearly not competent to a staggering degree!

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markythomAug. 18, 13 7:57 PM

Okay, let me get this straight: The government wants to know what you are doing, and will use videos to hold you responsible for your actions, but put the shoe on the other foot...not so much. As far as this particular incident, it was an accident, and accidents happen. Very unfortunate.

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NoMasBSAug. 19, 13 9:09 AM

I agree with most but have to correct someone. Firefighers ARE NOT the dreaded, "Government". I'm sure that they could care less about what you're doing as long as you're not starting fires or caught up in one then they are there to do their jobs and not spy on you with their helmet cams.

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carlbsAug. 20, 13 4:21 PM

Funny how the authorities don't think twice about privacy when they install cameras everywhere the public roams, yet when the shoe is on the other foot...

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