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IMPD Implementing Cameras for Police Accountability

Steve Wagner

After the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO last month, police departments across the country are beginning to implement more accountability for police officers. As part of the Ferguson case, disputes arose over the limited amount of documentation available of the actual event, and protesters claimed that video of the event would have cleared up any confusion, or held accountable those who needed accountability.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has responded to this need by implementing body cameras on several officers. The only setback to a full implementation of the cameras is the cost involved. The cameras cost an average of $250 per officer, not including maintenance, monitoring and other costs involved. When implementing for up to 800 officers, the estimated total cost for a full launch of this equipment was around $2 million.

The partial launch is supposed to happen very soon, and the usefulness of the cameras will be evaluated, and it will then be determined whether or not the cost is worth the benefits of the cameras.

Equipment like these cameras is a step in the right direction towards the accountability of police officers, and maintaining civil rights for those who are at risk of police brutality.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a police brutality injury or incident, give the civil rights and jail death lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and let us help you get the money you deserve to recover from the incident. You can reach our representatives at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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