Chicago Police Department considering body cameras

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The Chicago Police Department may outfit its officers with body cameras.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy supports the idea.

Cameras could shed light on situations that escalate into violent confrontations, and even fatal shootings.

The police union admits cameras could gather evidence that clears officers unfairly charged with abuse.

But union officials worry that those cameras could also pick up some very candid personal conversations.

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  • Maureen Coffey

    There is a police precinct, I have read, where body cameras have reduced the amount of reported and documented officer violence by 60% (so there is some truth to some allegations) BUT: complaints by the general populace fell by a whopping 88%! And I think that carrying a camera that’s constantly on actually will even protect officers against e.g. chance “hit-and-run” hooligans etc. and help in debriefing etc.

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