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AG James wants all police personnel in NY to wear cameras

Aug 22, 2022 12:30 am

Mid-Hudson News is reporting that New York State Attorney General Letitia James wants all police departments and special units to wear cameras. James is recommending that every police agency in the state deploy body-worn cameras based on the findings of an investigation into a police-involved shooting in Rochester in June of 2021. In that incident, a murder suspect fired a gun at one officer and aimed at a second, with the second officer fatally shooting the suspect. At the time, the Rochester Police Department did not equip its SWAT Team officers with body-worn cameras, even though other officers in the department were required to wear them. The report found that "...BWCs [body-worn cameras] are critical to transparency, accountability, and safety.” James said the Office of the Special Investigator recommends that the department equip SWAT teams with the cameras unless a command decision grants an exemption based on the facts of a particular case. “...[I]t’s imperative that every law enforcement agency in New York is equipped with body-worn cameras, and we urge the Rochester Police Department to outfit every officer, including members of special teams, with this critical tool,” James wrote. Read the full story at Mid-HudsonNews [dot] com.

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