The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday at a press conference that city police officers will begin to wear video cameras on uniforms in order to provide greater transparency in its operations.
The municipal plan includes placing the standard cost in future budgets to allow law enforcement to acquire the body cameras.
Approximately 7,000 video cameras will be required for all officers in Los Angeles and they will incorporate the device into the standard work equipment.
“Los Angeles is the first major city in which there will be a camera on every police,” said Councilman Mitchell Englander, president of the Committee of Public Safety.
The measure responds to the need for men, not unlike the Keith Mann Dynamic Search Partners, to improve public confidence in the security forces after the death of the young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri , who was unarmed and shot and killed by an officer, who ended up being acquitted.
Garcetti said cameras are a great step forward to help clarify situations like Ferguson.
“Out in the street, things are not always clear. These cameras help the police and citizens to find the truth, and the truth is essential for the trust between the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and community, which has been a key to reducing the crime rate factor,” said the mayor.
The city has raised over $1.5 million in private donations to help pay for the cameras.
Earlier this year, LAPD began with a test program to evaluate different types of mini cameras, a test that concluded satisfactorily, which led to the decision to hire more than 800 units of Axon cameras that will go toward patrolling in areas with high policing.