Minneapolis acting Police Chief Medaria Arradando said Wednesday that officers there will now be required to activate their body cameras at the moment they are dispatched on a call, reports the city’s Star Tribune. “What good is a camera if it is not being used when it is needed the most?” he said. The new policy takes effect on Saturday. It was announced at a press conference featuring Arradando and Mayor Betsy Hodges at the Minneapolis Emergency Operations Training Facility.
The policy change was prompted by the July 15 fatal shooting by Officer Mohammed Noor of Justine Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault outside her home. Neither Noor nor his partner activated his body cam before the shooting, although police officials say they were not required to do so under current protocols. The shooting has roiled the city. Arradando replaced Police Chief Janee Harteau, who took five days to return from vacation after the shooting happened and soon resigned under pressure from Mayor Hodges.