Pittsburgh Spending $650K To Equip Police Force With Body Cameras

| by Edward Arnold

In the mists of a national social movement, protesters from Oakland to New York are joining hands, raising signs, flooding the streets, blocking highways, and marching on for a cause to reform police departments across the nation.

President Obama has asked Congress for $263 million in funding for police body cameras and training, according to NBC News. The funding would match state funding by 50 percent over the next three years.

A report from the Associated Press says that Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto has already started, allocating $650,000 from next year's city budget to outfit the entire police force with body cameras. Another report by Minnesota Public Radio shows that the Minneapolis Police Department has “done a good job” of using body cameras in a pilot project that started last month.

Additionally, a poll by CBS News shows that an overwhelming 91 percent of Americans agree that police officers should wear body cameras.

Furthermore, the Justice department reports that they and the city of Cleveland have agreed to reform the unreasonable and unnecessary use of force by the Cleveland police department.

Additionally, since body cameras can be turned off, Civil rights advocates are calling for a strong federal enforcement plan with oversight on police officers.

"You must have an accountability mechanism," said Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights. "If you have a department that has a bad record and is bad at following through on discipline, then body cameras are meaningless."

Source: Reuters / Photo Credit: Reuters