NYC Official Calls For NYPD To Wear Body Cameras

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nypdrgA New York City official is calling for body cameras on police officers as a check on misconduct, citing last month’s death of a man who was put in a police chokehold.

Public Advocate Letitia James on Monday called for a pilot program to put body-worn cameras on patrol officers in 15 percent of the city’s precincts, with the eventual goal of outfitting all patrol with the cameras.

“We are living in an increasingly technological world, and we should take measures to incorporate video cameras into policing to improve public safety,” James said.

Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered some patrol officers to wear the cameras in a pilot program in her 2013 stop-and-frisk ruling.

A police spokeswoman said Monday that the department is exploring the feasibility of camera technology.

But Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch says his union wants to see evidence of the cameras’ effectiveness.

James said the body cameras could put a dent in the $152 million the city paid to settle claims of police misconduct in 2013.

Lynch countered that the city “refuses to fight even the most ridiculous and baseless of the claims.”

(AP)



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  1. actually i have a better idea. why doesnt she and the other uberliberals on the city council accompany the police as they enter crime infested ares and try to apprehend criminals without stop and frisk but with body cameras. what are we coming to and the good citizens of this great city who are law abiding are the SILENT majority