BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Ballwin Board of Aldermen debated whether or not to outfit some of the city’s officers with body cameras at a meeting Monday.
The board elected not to outfit, but did vote in favor of studying the issue before making a final decision. One alderman had proposed outfitting Ballwin officers who are used in Ferguson with cameras, but not requiring cameras for all 50 officers on the force.
“I want them to have protection in case some dangerous situation erupts up there or anywhere else in the region,” Ballwin Aldermen Shamed Dogan. “When the grand jury verdict comes down, we’ve got to be ahead of the curve and anticipate that something might happen and to have this technology is better safe than sorry.”
Dogan said he only wants to buy a few cameras, which cost several hundred dollars each. Ballwin’s mayor told News 4 there are issues with the cameras such as privacy, the cost of storing the video, and integration with dashboard cameras.
“I think it protects officers, I think it protects the citizens. It is important is officers misbehave that behavior is punished in the right way,” Dogan said.