FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.
"The cameras have good audio and video of the interaction among the protesters," said Jackson. (It helps distinguish) "between the ones looking to be more agitators and the ones who were there just to protest."
Jackson said the department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies about a week ago. Company representatives offered training to officers Saturday on using the devices that attach to their uniforms and record video and audio. Jackson said each officer will get one to use.
"As a whole, I'd say we get a slightly better response now that we have the cameras than we did in the past," said Officer John Brannan.
When asked about releasing the video of the protesters, Chief Jackson says he wants the police department to be transparent, but would also like to review the video before releasing it and has been too busy to do so.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com