Los Angeles – Addressing community concerns about transparency in community policing, Councilman Curren Price introduced a motion Tuesday asking the Los Angeles Police Department to report on the status of the City’s body-worn camera program, including a timeline for a city-wide roll out and details on the deployment strategy.
In the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown and locally with the death of Ezell Ford and other incidents involving police force, community relations with law enforcement has become a pressing issue for the country, and for South Los Angeles in particular, Councilman Price said.
“We understand that the community has asked for transparency in all levels of government, and that includes with policing efforts. This city-wide body camera program will help us increase public trust in our law enforcement, and we must ensure that it is rolled out in a way that prioritizes our neediest communities.”
In Los Angeles, Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, have led efforts to deploy body worn cameras, helping the Police Department to raise money to purchase cameras for officers. Earlier this year, LAPD implemented a pilot program in the use and deployment of body-worn cameras in the City.
On Tuesday, LAPD officials and Mayor Garcetti announced that they had negotiated a contract for the purchase of body-worn cameras and other required software, to roll out a city-wide program.