St. Louis official pushes to fund police body cameras with ward - KMOV.com

St. Louis official pushes to fund police body cameras with ward capital

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis City officials discussed the issue of funding police body cameras during Thursday's meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

According to city estimates, body cameras for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department would cost $2 million dollars.

Comptroller Darlene Green suggested the city's budgeting body immediately reallocate funds from ward capital accounts to pay for the devices.

Green said the accounts can be restored when money becomes available through city grants.

However, many Board of Aldermen members disapproved of her recommendation, and said the funding should come from a different source.

"To take it from the neighborhoods and communities that need it the most across the city, and to make them wait for much needed improvements throughout their community is a mistake," said Lewis Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

Reed proposed the city's rainy day fund to cover the costs of police body cameras.

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