Obama to Ask Congress for $75M to Purchase Body Cameras for Police

Police body cameras in Seattle national push for body cameras is one of the biggest developments to come out of explosive police-involved shootings such as the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Just last month, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would be teaming up with Taser to provide body cameras for each officer.

In Rialto, California, when the entire police force was outfitted with small body-mounted cameras, in the first year the use of force by officers declined 60 percent, and citizen complaints against police fell by 88 percent. Now cities ranging from Washington, D.C., to New York City are discussing body cameras, with New York announcing that 60 officers will be equipped with them in a pilot program.

More than 150,000 people have gone online to sign a White House petition urging President Obama to “create a law” that would force all police to wear body cameras.