Richmond police to start wearing body cameras

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Richmond police officials received a shipment of 120 body cameras, paid for by a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- The issue of police wearing body cameras has become a big issue following the incidents in New York and Ferguson.

Now, one Bay Area police department is giving them to all its officers.

Our media partner, the Bay Area News Group, reports the Richmond Police Department received 120 body cameras this week.

Police officials expect all officers will be using the cameras by mid-January.

Officers will have to manually turn on the cameras before any interaction with the public.

A federal grant paid for the cameras that cost a total of $84,000 dollars.