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Debate renewed for police body cameras after Ferguson

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 8/18/2014 10:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — The death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer has renewed a nationwide debate over whether cops should be required to wear body cameras.

While the technology has certainly improved — cameras nowadays are pretty small and wouldn't necessarily be cumbersome — some believe they could have answered some important questions.

Body cameras have already been introduced to more than 3,000 police agencies across the country. In Las Vegas, approximately 200 Metro officers are currently wearing them voluntarily as part of a pilot program.

Chris Collins with the Police Protective Association says his organization is on the fence with body cameras. In some cases, he says, everyone involved would benefit. But in other instances, it could potentially hinder the officers, even put them at risk.

The total cost to Metro to outfit officers with body cameras is somewhere between $2 million and $3 million – that includes the cost of servers to store the videos. There is the belief that departments will save money because there will be a reduced number of police brutality lawsuits.


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