• DOJ Announces $20 Million Body Cam Program for Law Enforcement

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has unveiled a program that will equip police officers with nearly $20 million worth of body cameras amid rising tension over police ‘violence’.

    The pilot program will equip police in dozens of cities with the devices, as the first step in a $75 million three-year effort that President Obama requested from Congress in December.

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the program a “vital part of the Justice Department’s comprehensive efforts to equip law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the tools, support, and training they need to tackle the 21st century challenges we face.”

    “Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability, and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Lynch said in a statement.

    The new push comes days after nationwide rioting sparked by outrage about multiple deaths of blacks at the hands of officers from Ferguson, Mo., to Cleveland, to Staten Island, N.Y. and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore which has been ruled a homicide.

    Bystanders’ camera footage has proved pivotal in a number of recent controversial incidents involving police, however states and cities have encountered one consistent roadblock to adopting the technology: the cost. So far, only a handful of states have figured out how to pay for them.

    The price of a single camera ranges widely, from less than $100 to more than $1,000, based on the size of the purchase and whether the deal includes data storage services. States are struggling with whether cameras should be worn all the time and whether the video should be a public record, which also can affect costs. Managing and storing the video costs many times the price of the cameras themselves.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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