The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday awarded more than 100 police departments money to help pay for body cameras. The award totals $20 million, and is an effort to restore the public’s trust in law enforcement after high-profile instances of black men being shot by police. The winning agencies are in 32 states, Puerto Rico, and include some Native American tribal departments, reports The Atlantic.
Body cameras have been cited as a solution to growing mistrust of officers in some communities. An increasing number of videos show questionable tactics used by police to subdue people, often black men. The fight for transparency and what police say is the need to maintain integrity in their investigations often puts the public and police departments at odds. This was clear in the case of Chicago’s Laquan McDonald, who was killed in 2014. Police fought the release of the video for more than a year, but when the video finally became public it led to murder charges against the officer who killed McDonald.