First public discussion on Minneapolis police body cameras

A listening session was held at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center Saturday afternoon, giving public its first chance to weigh in on the use of body cameras by Minneapolis police.

"There are two groups of people, those who want them on all the time and those who are particular about who's on the video camera. So, how do we satisfy both of those? To me, we bring it to the community and ask them," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said earlier this month.

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For 6 months, a couple dozen officers have been part of a pilot program, testing the cameras and the initial standard operating procedure, but the public concern is over whether these cameras should be turned on or off when dealing with situations inside homes or when there are children present.

Police have dealt with monetary issues when trying to store all of their data, so many times, the cameras are turned off. Some community members said this possibly defeats the purpose of having the cameras in the first place. The department hopes to make them available to all officers by 2016.

If you missed Saturday's listening session, there are two more opportunities next month Saturday, July 11 and Saturday, July 25.
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