Ferguson Police Start Wearing Body Cameras

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Officers started wearing the body cameras Saturday, three weeks after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

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.

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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.

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

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