BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After more than an hour of heated and emotional debate, a proposed ordinance mandating body cameras for Baton Rouge Police by December 1, 2016 failed in Metro Council five votes to four.
Members C. Denise Marcelle, Tara Wicker, Ronnie Edwards and Chauna Banks-Daniel voted in favor. Two council members were absent, Chandler Loupe and Ryan Heck. Councilman Buddy Amoroso did not vote.
While the Council, the Mayor's Office and BRPD are in favor of implementing body cameras, the final numbers on cost are still unknown. For that reason, several council members said they could not support making the cameras a required piece of equipment at this time.
However, the force will still launch its pilot program of 100 cameras and report back to the Council with its progress and cost estimate.
"I think the budget issues will work out as we get more into it and actually see how much it's going to cost us," said BRPD Police Chief Carl Dabadie.