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Ferguson Police Start Wearing Body Cameras

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Police guard the front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a grand jury will begin looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 20, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death.
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Police in Ferguson, Missouri started wearing body cameras Saturday during a peaceful protest observing the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police three weeks ago.

The St. Louis Post—Dispatch reports that two surveillance companies donated 50 cameras to the department last week and held training sessions with the officers on how to use them.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said that the officers are “really enjoying” the body cameras, adding that each officer will get one to use.

Ferguson joins the growing list of police departments across America testing the use of body cameras including Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Other cities like New York and Chicago are looking into testing pilot programs as well.

A petition to establish a national “Mike Brown Law” requiring all police officers to wear cameras has reached more than 153,000 signatures.