Chicago Police To Test Body Cameras; Rules On Usage Up For Debate


The Chicago Police Department is preparing to try out body cameras on some officers, joining a growing trend that is raising hopes of increased police professionalism but also a raft of difficult questions about how the cameras should be used properly, reports the Chicago Tribune. The cameras are intended to capture an officer’s interaction with the public on video and audio, providing potentially critical evidence. The technology has won early backing from disparate groups that often clash over law enforcement issues, from the American Civil Liberties Union and the state NAACP to the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers and the Independent Police Review Authority.

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