On the defensive over two forceful arrests videotaped by bystanders, the Los Angeles Police Department will begin installing digital video cameras in some patrol cars next week to better track how arrests are conducted, the Los Angeles Times reports. The announcement came as African-American leaders met at a community forum to discuss the videos, which show officers using force to arrest suspects.
One video shows an officer punching a suspect in the face five times during an arrest. The other shows an officer using pepper spray on a handcuffed suspect who is left in a closed patrol car. City Council members held a public hearing in which police officials announced that a pilot program to test cameras would begin next Monday in the patrol district known as South Bureau. Officials hope to install cameras in most of the 300 patrol cars in the bureau by the end of next year.