A civil rights group raised questions Tuesday about the current NYPD practice of allowing police to watch their body camera footage before they write incident reports.

The practice could undermine the independent value of the reports and distort the officers memory of what happened, according to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

A scorecard on body camera programs in 75 U.S. cities released Tuesday by the group found that most of those departments allow the review practice, though some place limits.

Departments rarely limit when officers can review footage, and most allow it when writing reports, said the groups senior counsel Sakira Cook.

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Camera use can be misleading, and the officers can conform their report to what the video appears to show, not what the officer remembers.

In the report, the group cites the case of Derrick Price, who was arrested in August 2014 in Florida.

The body camera footage appeared to capture Price struggling with police as officers shouted Stop resisting!

The officers viewed that footage and then wrote in their reports that he had resisted arrest.

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However, a building security camera showed Price did not resist at all during the incident. He simply puts his hands up and lays down on the ground.

Thats when Marion County deputies ran up and started punching and kicking him.

Four deputies were indicted and pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations.

Because watching body-worn camera footage can alter an officers memory of an event, doing so will likely taint what officers write in their reports, the report concluded.

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This practice will make it more difficult for investigators, internal affairs, and courts to accurately assess what occurred.

The group also questioned why the NYPD and many other departments do not make it easy for citizens to view footage.

The departments current policy is to require a Freedom of Information request. Its unclear how many people have asked, and what the NYPD has released.

The department did release bodycam video after officers shot and killed a mentally disturbed man armed with a knife and a toy gun in the Bronx in September.

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That footage tended to support the officers accounts that the man lunged at them after they repeatedly pleaded with him to drop the knife.

It is unclear what the NYPD will do when the footage is less favorable.

The group also questioned the NYPDs decision to hold on to body camera footage not relevant to a crime or litigation for a year.

They would prefer the video be destroyed in less than six months.

In general, few police departments have policies barring the use of facial recognition software in connection to the body camera technology.

Some civil rights advocates have said that could lead to an invasion of privacy.