Body cameras could soon be used by Springfield and Chicago police

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SPRINGFIELD - Police officers in Springfield and Chicago could soon be wearing body cameras. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the department has been working on the pilot program but there is no timetable. He says he endorses the cameras, but isn't sure how his officers think.

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he'd like to spend up to $200,000 on the cameras in next year's budget.

If approved, the cameras would attach to the officers' uniforms. The idea is to use the videos to review incidents, especially if an officer were to be accused of inappropriate behavior or excessive force.

Deputies and correctional officers in the DeWitt County Sheriff's Department are already using the devices.

 


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