Thursday, May 21, 2015

We need police body cameras now

During a town hall meeting Wednesday, May 20, in west Orlando Orange/Osceola Public Defender Robert Wesley, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Deming, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and State Attorney Jeff Ashton all agreed that body cameras can help curb police harassment and police brutality in minority communities.

Chief Mina told the gathering of nearly 75 residents at the Dr. James R. Smith Center said that it might take up to 4 years to issue the cameras to all patrol officers.

Mr. Wesley, who is responsible for providing legal defense for arrested people who can’t afford a lawyer, said the body cameras need to be deployed now to all officers to encourage trust between residents and law enforcement. The audience agreed.

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