Body cameras to be discussed once again
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will once again discuss body cameras for Baton Rouge police officers. The topic is set to come up at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.
This is the third time the topic is set to be discussed. At the meeting two weeks ago the Metro Council vetoed, then postponed the conversation. Body cameras have already been approved for a number of local law enforcement agencies, but residents in Baton Rouge still have questions about the program.
"I just hope that people would see the need for these," said Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle. "I hope that we wouldn't have to have something bad happen in our city for everybody to jump up and want to get cameras."
Supporters of the cameras say they would increase safety for citizens and police officers, but critics worry about the funding. BRPD is getting 100 cameras through a grant, but Marcelle wants all officers to have them by the end of the year.
"I think we need to study this and make sure we are doing it correctly before we just go out and say you have to spend this money on body cameras," said Metro Councilman John Delgado.
Wednesday's meeting begins at 4 p.m.
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