Missouri Attorney General endorses body cameras for police

5 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, January 28 2015 Jan 28, 2015 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9:28:00 AM CST January 28, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's attorney general says police should wear body cameras more frequently but that the public and media shouldn't have unfettered access to the recordings.

Attorney General Chris Koster said in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday that concerns about individual privacy made current public records laws unsuitable for widespread use of body cameras.

Requiring police to wear cameras to record their actions is one proposal filed by lawmakers in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by a white Ferguson police officer.

Supporters of body cameras say widespread use would provide evidence of what happened in situations like Brown's shooting.

Koster agrees but says there should be restrictions on the footage to prevent voyeurism at the expense of privacy for those recorded.

 

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