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Detroit Police Chief: 'Great Outcome' With Body Camera Program

By    |   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 03:10 PM

The Detroit Police Department had great results with its pilot body camera program that it started in April, says Police Chief James Craig.

"We started a pilot with 20 officers who volunteered. They wanted to test the cameras, and it was a great outcome," Craig told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"They appreciated the opportunity to be part of a test group," he explained. "We were certainly committed to expanding that effort."

The Detroit police chief contends that there are several advantages to putting body cameras on police officers. President Barack Obama proposed putting money toward police body cameras following the decision by the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.  

"It gives officers an opportunity that when accused of . . . misconduct that's false — it can exonerate them," Craig said.

"On the flip side . . . it can show whether or not a police officer was engaging in behavior that we can't support," he added.

Ultimately, "it's a win — it just gives enhanced transparency to our community."

"Overall, it works favorably," he said.

Craig said that nowadays "police officers are always being videotaped" because so many people have cellphones with videotaping capabilities.

He contends that it's also important that police officers know "that they will be supported when they're operating within the framework of the law."

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