Use of Police Body Cameras Expands in NJ


Police in Atlantic City are the latest of at least 20 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey to start wearing body cameras during patrols, reports the Associated Press. The number could grow if Gov. Chris Christie signs a law on his desk that would require that many police vehicles have cameras mounted on them. Christie has not said whether he will support. He has until Sept. 8 to take action on the measure.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that about five officers on each patrol shift began wearing the cameras last week. In Newark, officers are expected to begin wearing the cameras as part of an overhaul of the police department mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier this week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez called for his city’s entire police force to be outfitted with cameras eventually. Across America, many advocates are calling for expanded use of police body cameras after the shooting of an unarmed teenager two weeks ago in Ferguson, Mo., by an officer who was not wearing one.

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