Ferguson Police Have Started Wearing Body Cameras

Officers wore the body cameras during a protest rally for Michael Brown on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Ferguson police officers began wearing body cameras during a rally for Michael Brown on Saturday, Aug. 30, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Police officers wear body cameras as they hold the line against protesters gathered at the police station during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach

Two companies, Safety Vision and Digital Alley, donated around 50 body cameras to the Ferguson police department after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown three weeks ago.

The body cameras are attached to uniforms and record audio and video. Police chief Tom Jackson said the cameras are being assigned to each squad and each officer will get one. “We are still playing with them,” Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Police Chief Tom Jackson said the body cameras captured video images of Saturday’s crowd taunting police officers.

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Jackson said officers were “really enjoying” the cameras and were “trying to get used to using them.” Some officers have been specially trained to use the cameras.

More than 150,000 people have a signed a petition to introduce the “Mike Brown Law” requiring all state, county, and local police to wear body cameras.

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On Thursday, both Houston and New York City police announced plans to provide officers with body cameras. Columbia’s police department is also set to begin testing body cameras, MSNBC reported.

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