Police officers in Ferguson, Mo. began wearing cameras attached to their uniforms on Saturday, and other police departments in the St. Louis area are planning to start using wearable cameras in response to the controversy about police tactics following the police shooting of an unarmed black teen, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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00:05 right now I live at. Let NHL and let you know
00:08 that your beavers -- you understand that. Both officer -- parish
00:11 and I have cameras on each other for this story. So
00:15 we both have to get our best behavior it's no problem
00:18 at opposite parish is the only one to volunteer in the
00:22 Lake Forest police department to Wear a body camera. He does
00:26 it to protect the public. And himself. Once in a false
00:30 complaint against him. Mine -- sergeant was able to review the
00:34 video. And thirty minutes. Was able to clear me of that
00:38 complained the squad car with officer perished in this partner. Officer
00:42 Harris doesn't hurt his camera and tell him initiate the call.
00:48 And he -- a traffic stop and the BMW he switches
00:52 on his camera. Hey good serve mobster bearish for the police
00:55 department under Washington law he must tell the citizens that sound
00:59 is being recorded now let's look at -- What if the
01:03 officer involved shooting at Michael Brown had been recorded perhaps a
01:07 different outcome. The man we stopped today tells me a camera
01:11 can make a difference but at this event of the --
01:15 -- -- they're here every. Wake Forest Park police started testing
01:20 body cameras for years ago most of the officers he would
01:24 choose not to Wear them. Perish -- partner now in training
01:28 says he will but he sees some privacy concerns. It's a
01:32 huge challenge keep me in your mind that there isn't all
01:35 remembering never blinking. I have all watching absolutely everything you do
01:40 what -- what you do and what they do.
William Cummings, USA TODAY 1:43 a.m. EDT September 1, 2014
Police officers in Ferguson, Mo. began wearing cameras attached to their uniforms on Saturday in response to the controversy about police tactics following the police shooting of an unarmed black teen, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
About 50 cameras were donated by two private companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally, after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the Post-Dispatch.