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Opposition to police body cameras remains strong among Missouri state lawmakers

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(KMOV.com) – The recent shooting of a man by an officer in Cincinnati has renewed the debate about whether all officers should wear body cameras.

A University of Cincinnati police officer was charged with murder after shooting a man in the head during a traffic stop. The shooting was captured on the officer’s body camera.

Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis said requiring all officers to wear camera is essential, and she has been saying so since Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in 2014.

“Body cameras tell it all and if it wasn’t for the body cameras, we wouldn’t have an indictment (in Cincinnati). So it’s very important and very needed,” Nasheed said.

However, opposition among Missouri legislators to require all officer to wear cameras remain strong.  

“I don’t know if the majority position is set in stone but I don’t anticipate legislation that would be brought up that would mandate body cameras,” said State Senator Kevin Engler, R-Farmington.

Engler said many have objections to cameras on different grounds, including how the cameras will be paid for and privacy concerns over the videos.

“I’m not aware of police departments fighting it, the big issues most departments have is when is the footage public and when is it private information? Where do we need to protect as far as citizens go?” said former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

Fitch also said cameras protect officers more than they show misconduct.

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