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May 15, 2015 10:12 am

Council does not like Bowser’s body cam plan for DC police

Mayor Muriel Bowser has sought $5.1 million to equip all D.C. patrol officers with body cameras.

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The Committee on the Judiciary proposed Tuesday to dial back part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plans to equip all the District’s patrol officers with body cameras.

The committee approved only $1.9 million of the $5.1 million Bowser had sought in her budget proposal to equip 2,800 officers.

According to the Washington Times:

The committee report said the Metropolitan Police Department is “not logistically prepared” for the full roll-out and noted that the department has neither the policies in place nor enough data about its six-month pilot program to garner support.

“Such an unprecedented program must be based on data — data which might have supported a larger rollout had it been collected during the Department’s pilot program,” the committee report states.

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