President Obama hopes for Congressional approval on funding for police body cameras and training how to use the devices, offering $75 million over three years while matching state funding. If approved, this would provide upwards of 50,000 body cameras on police officers across the country, with local and state lawmakers also showing increased interest in this wearable technology.
The overall initiative is worth $263 million after training is included, White House officials told reporters. The White House is holding a number of meetings between the government, law enforcement representatives and civil rights leaders - with officer body cameras expected to be discussed.
Despite increased interest in officer body cameras, there are still certain concerns from all sides regarding the technology. Privacy experts are worried that officers won't disclose they are recording, with added certain that officers could simply forget to turn on the devices while on patrol.