D.C. Police May Soon Have On-Body Cameras

Posted: May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The office that investigates police misconduct complaints in D.C. is urging the Metropolitan Police Department to create an on-body camera program.

This comes just a few months after D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced that a camera program is one of the department’s “top five priorities.”

“Body cameras are emerging as an important tool in policing across the country,” says Christian Klossner, Deputy Director of D.C.’s Office of Police Complaints. “As we learned about it and started looking at it, they show a lot of really positive potential benefits.”

He says the cameras — which can be lapel-mounted, chest-mounted or even mounted on glasses — serve as “an objective witness of sorts.”

Their presence can help prevent negative police-citizen interactions, and footage can be used for training purposes. Obviously, footage can also serve as evidence in criminal cases.

A report released by the police complaints…

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