Missouri House panel questions privacy in body camera bill

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 30 2015 Mar 30, 2015 Monday, March 30, 2015 8:18:17 PM CDT March 30, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Democratic proposal made in response to the fatal police shooting in Ferguson that would require mandatory body cameras for Missouri police is facing a Republican roadblock.

GOP House committee members questioned funding mechanisms and privacy protections during a hearing Monday.

But Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington, of Kansas City, says recording police interactions would protect law enforcement and citizens.

Ellington says he was once arrested after a fight with an officer and charges were dropped only because of video from a store camera.

Body cameras have been one proposed response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson by a white police officer.

Ellington says he introduced the measure last year before the shooting. He said video would have answered questions about Brown's death.

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