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More police agencies using body cameras, but are they turning them on?

More police officers might be wearing body cameras, but does that mean they are actually on?

By Michael Hatamoto on Mar 17, 2015 04:20 pm CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time

Following the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri last year, a growing number of police departments are rolling out wearable body cameras. The small cameras are designed to provide another viewpoint of interactions between police officers and the public - assuming the officers are using the wearables appropriately.

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An independent analysis of the Denver Police Department indicated cameras weren't filming during many cases that required use of force. It would appear that were cases in which "officers forgot to them on" or the "situation deteriorated too quickly," so officers didn't have time.

"Police departments all over the country are saying, 'We're going to use body cameras,'" said Noelle Phillips, Denver Post writer, in a statement published by NPR. "Lots of groups are saying, 'Hey, let's consider all these recommendations, how does the technology work - and make it the best it can be.'"

The federal government is providing more financial grants to allow for more body cameras to be used by police officers - and it would be ideal if issues are worked out sooner rather than later.

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