New York police officers to start testing body cameras this week

New York’s police department, the largest in the country, is fast-tracking plans to test body cameras on patrol officers. In a conference reported by The New York Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that selected officers could be wearing the small but fairly visible cameras as soon as Friday, and the NYPD confirmed that 50 will be running by this weekend. “When something happens, to have a video record of it, from the police officers’ perspective, is going to help in many, many ways,” said de Blasio. “And God forbid, when something goes wrong, we are going to have a clearer sense of what happened.”

The NYPD was ordered to test body cameras last year as part of a harsh ruling against its widely criticized stop-and-frisk program, which a…

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