Brown Family Urges for Police Body-Cameras

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (18NEWS) — Following the death of 18 year old Michael Brown in Furgeson, the Brown family urges for national police body camera law enforcement.

This request comes because no video recordings of the August 9th confrontation between Wilson and Brown exists, and eyewitness accounts of the incident often conflicted

In recent weeks, police departments in cities such as Cleveland and Dallas have announced plans to put cameras on officers or expand existing wearable programs. but here at home, that option may not be feasible.

The small, portable body cameras are being used in Chemung County for a field training officer program on road patrol and at the county jail to monitor how effective the devices are and data is being collected.

Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss said the reality is this equipment is very expensive to equip a full department, running $1,200 per camera. 

“First of all somebody has to pay for this technology and it’s always great to say ‘police officers ought to have to do this’ or ‘have to do that’ but a lot of times we received initial grants to buy the equipment but you know what there is always maintenance agreements. There’s always upkeep to the equipment, replacement for the equipment. Where is that money going to come from? It’s going to have to come from the tax payers sooner or later.”

Moss said the devices would be helpful to provide public transparency and potentially save dollars in legal fees spent fighting and settling lawsuits, but at this stage it’s a matter of practicality within the county budget.

The department currently has several police car cameras currently along with the eight body-cameras being used.

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