San Diego Considers Buying Cop Cams for All Officers

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    The San Diego Chief of Police wants to buy body cameras that would be worn by every police officer, but some people in the community still have questions. NBC 7’s Greg Bledsoe reports. (Published Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014)

    San Diego is considering whether to require police officers to wear body cameras in light of criminal charges and allegations of sexual misconduct by uniformed officers.

    The officers will wear the cameras while on duty, recording video and sound from a location on the officer’s shoulder or chest.

    City Council Considers Cop Cameras

    [DGO] City Council Considers Cop Cameras
    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports on how city leaders city will look into whether officers should be required to wear body cameras on duty. (Published Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014)

    The proposal would start by spending $200,000 on 100 cameras. The city would then buy more for officers bringing that total to $2 million a year.

    Originally, former police chief William Lansdowne had suggested the idea as a way to avoid misunderstandings or lawsuits and help mediate with officers in question.

    Chief Shelley Zimmerman Speaks to NBC 7

    [DGO] Chief Shelley Zimmerman Speaks to NBC 7
    San Diego's first female police chief Shelley Zimmerman talks with NBC 7's Marianne Kushi on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    Body cameras were already in the 2015 budget but Lansdowne requested the process move faster after the arrest and arraignment of former officer Christopher Hays and the investigation into SDPD officer Donald Moncrief.

    The cameras would also help with accusations of racial profiling from the department.

    RAW VIDEO: New Officer Facing Allegations

    [DGO]RAW VIDEO: New Officer Facing Allegations
    On Wednesday, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne fielded questions from reporters about a second police officer facing allegations of sexual misconduct. This comes on the heels of former Officer Chris Hays’ resignation amid similar accusations. (Published Thursday, Feb 20, 2014)

    Newly appointed Chief Shelley Zimmerman has said 99.9 percent of SDPD’s officers serve with professionalism. For the few that dishonor their badges, she says she will not tolerate it.

    The San Diego City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.
     

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