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Los Angeles Police Officers to Wear Body Cameras, Mayor Says

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Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 05:18 PM

All Los Angeles police officers will wear on-body cameras to guard against misconduct and false allegations, Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to announce today.

With about 10,000 officers, the Los Angeles Police Department will be the nation’s largest law-enforcement agency outfitting all officers with clip-on video cameras. Garcetti included the announcement on his daily schedule.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, a former Los Angeles police chief, said in September that 60 New York officers will wear body cameras as part of a pilot program.

The police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, which set off weeks of racial unrest in the St. Louis suburb and other cities, has stirred interest among police forces for cameras manufactured by Vievu LLC and Taser International Inc., among other companies. President Barack Obama’s administration this month requested $263 million to train local police forces and offer matching grants to purchase 50,000 body cameras for police departments.

“With this program, L.A. will be a national leader in the use of these cameras,” Garcetti’s office said in an announcement on the mayor’s schedule. “While events in Ferguson and President Obama’s call have brought this issue recent national attention, Mayor Garcetti’s administration has been moving forward on the use of on-body cameras for over one year.”

Garcetti spokeswoman Marie Lloyd and Officer Drake Madison, a police spokesman, declined to offer details of Los Angeles’s program in advance of a planned press conference. Officials haven’t said when officers will be outfitted with the cameras, which company will make them and how the city will pay for the devices.

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