NYC Public Advocate pushes for NYPD officers to wear body cameras

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
New York Council woman pushes for NYPD body cameras
New York City Councilwoman Letitia James is calling for NYPD officers to wear body cameras

NEW YORK -- New York City's Public Advocate continues her push for body cameras on police officers to record civilian stops.

Letitia James will debut the technology in Lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon.

James has called for the cameras in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in the custody of police after an officer used an apparent chokehold.

Los Angeles and London are experimenting with body cams.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants to see how pilot programs work in other cities.

James says the measure would provide further accountability and help save New York City money on lawsuits related to false arrests and police misconduct.

She released a report recommending a pilot to encompass 15% of precincts, particularly those with the highest number of complaints of misconduct and crime.