Cop Cameras Comes Up Again in Kansas

(AP) – Kansas lawmakers will again take up the question of whether to require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras after a similar proposal failed to gain traction last session.

Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, will hold a legislative hearing next week on the issue. He supports police body cameras but acknowledged several things must be resolved, such as whether to require all levels of law enforcement to use them, how to pay for the cameras and outlining rules for storing and accessing recordings, the Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/1OfqQj4 ).

Proposals to require body cameras for law enforcement became widespread after the August 2014 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was not wearing a camera.

“I see this as a win-win for everybody,” said Rubin, who thinks cameras help the public and reduce misconduct allegations against police.

Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas, believes officers should wear cameras and always have them on while interacting with the public. He said the videos should be kept for 90 days and that privacy issues could be resolved.

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