Metro Council defers vote on proposal for BRPD body cams

Metro Council defer vote on proposal for BRPD body cams

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council deferred the vote Wednesday on whether to make police body cameras mandatory in Baton Rouge.

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle says she will delay discussion until May 27th. She says the project is gaining traction, but there are still issues that need to be addressed and that the extra time will allow those issues to be worked out.

The same technology of recording and visualizing police interaction is what Marcelle wants to see on every city cop in Baton Rouge.

If approved, all officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department would be required to wear body cameras effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Marcelle started the push for body cameras last summer after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Lately, she has questioned why BRPD hasn't gotten the cameras yet.

Police Chief Carl Dabadie has said he supports the move to have body cameras for some officers, but raised concerns about funding and citizen privacy. Just a few weeks ago, he said the investment is great, with 100 cameras costing about $100,000.

Marcelle said she doesn't really care where the funds come from, but it's something that needs to be done.

There are some smaller police departments across south Louisiana that have already switched to having its officers wear body cameras.

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