Milwaukee police to buy 100 body cameras

Associated Press
Updated 12/5/2014 8:04 AM

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Police Department has opened bidding to vendors for 100 body cameras.

WISN-TV reports Chief Ed Flynn said Thursday he supports having officers wear cameras to clear up questions about police incidents with citizens. He says cameras won't be a policing "magic wand," citing spectators who disagree with referees' calls after reviewing sports footage.


Flynn says officers tried out free cameras from multiple vendors in a test program. Cameras cost roughly $500 each.

Officers in one of every six departments around the country now patrol with cameras and President Barack Obama wants to equip another 50,000 with them.

A bystander's camera captured a white New York police officer applying a chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. A grand jury declined to indict the officer this week.

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