St. Paul Considers Body Cameras for Police

(AP) — St. Paul is considering whether to join the growing list of cities whose police officers wear body cameras.

 The City Council votes Wednesday on a resolution asking the police department to include a camera pilot project in its budget request for next year.

Council member Chris Tolbert said the cameras increase police accountability while also clearing officers of unfounded complaints.

Police departments around the country are turning to body cameras in the wake of last year’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Minneapolis has outfitted 36 officers with cameras as part of its own pilot.

Council member Dan Bostrom, a former St. Paul police officer, tells Minnesota Public Radio News he wants to make sure the videos aren’t released publicly.

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