01/26/2014

DC chief looks at body cameras for cops

Chief briefly mentioned the "on-body" camera technology while speaking with the D.C. Council about recent police misconduct

By Eric Tucker
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier says her department wants to place cameras on officers to monitor their conduct.

Lanier briefly mentioned the "on-body" camera technology Friday while speaking with the D.C. Council about recent police misconduct.

The problem drew public attention last month with the arrests of three officers accused in unrelated investigations involving child pornography, attempted murder and running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls.

Lanier did not give details about the proposed body-camera system, but said it was necessary to "establish a record of police conduct." Other departments have been experimenting with body cameras to record videos of police activity. Police officers assigned to foot patrols of downtown Los Angeles began wearing them Wednesday as the city evaluates different models to include in its policing.

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