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City leaders haggle over body camera issue

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago May 27, 2015 May 27, 2015 Wednesday, May 27 2015 May 27, 2015 10:21 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - City leaders dealt another delay to a plan requiring all police officers in the city to wear body cameras that record their interactions with citizens.

After voting to veto the ordinance proposed by C. Denise Marcelle the council instead deferred a decision. The measure was moved to the next council meeting, scheduled for June 10th.

Leaders were mixed with how the system would be operated, specifically with how footage would be managed.

"I think we need to study this and make sure we're doing it correctly before we just say you have to implement body cameras," Councilman John Delgado said. "We don't know where we're going to store the data, who has access to the data," he added saying there was confusion over if the video would be subject to public record requests, where people have access to viewing the footage.

Delgado said he did not want to have to commit officers to manning video requests instead of patrolling streets.

"I would hope people would see the need for this, I would hope that we wouldn't have to have something bad happen in our city for everyone to jump up and get cameras," Marcelle said. "You know, it's disheartening to me."

Baton Rouge Police are expecting to receive 100 cameras through a grant.

Marcelle's measure would require all officers on the force have them by the beginning of 2016.
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