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City Launches Body Cam Program

February 20th, 2018 · 11 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Sophia Kunthara, CT Post:

The city unveiled its police body and dash camera pilot program Tuesday in a move Mayor Joe Ganim called a “step of additional accountability and transparency.”

“I’m happy and–actually in so many ways thankful–to people who, even before we were here, before this administration … have been pushing for this advancement in policing and community policing,” Ganim said.

Since the beginning of February, the city has been part of a 90-day pilot program to determine which of several brands of body-and-dashboard-cam combinations will win out based on data that will include feedback from the officers using them.

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  • Andrew C Fardy

    Just another dog and pony show by Ganim and hiss flunkies. These cameras are going to be a real pain in the ass down the road

  • Andrew C Fardy

    You would think that the presenters would be better prepared to make this presentation. The Rev is full of shit.

  • Ron Mackey

    Are you kidding me, that was a terrible presentation, do we need to hear 8 different people in the amen corner speaking? I don’t what Chief Perez was saying.

  • Tom White

    Okay. Let’s take turns at the podium. Did anyone check committee minutes to see what you may have said before? No, this is about police body cams, not about sanctuary cities. Next.

  • Steven Auerbach

    First, I want to commend the City of Bridgeport for moving into the 21st Century. I just sat through the entire presentation. I am proud to say I know everyone that spoke. The initial presentation may have been rough and that happens. However, the work and bridge building that had to happen to makes this reality is what was important. Aidee, Eneida, Ernie, Steve, MIchelle, A.J, Carolyn,Rev. McCluster and the officers must be commended. I thought they all gave a concise presentation and kudos to the Police Department and the community as well as the council and Carolyn. Great job. Great message for the Mayor and yes this is a great day for Bridgeport.
    Eneida, Ernie and Aidee- Great commentary. I am very proud of our Police Department and think for the most part, they do great work!

  • Bob Walsh

    Maybe we should strap one on to Joey G and see what’s happening behind closed doors? Good be very interesting….

    • DC Faber

      We’d have to tranquilize him and collar him like they do in those nature documentaries. If he did it voluntarily he’d be embracing transparency and why would he want to do that?

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    What do the cops need body cameras for? Seems as though every time the BPD moves in to make an arrest a mob of teenagers appears to record the proceedings with iPhones.

  • Ron Mackey

    Here is the real start of filming by a private citizen of the action of the police.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb1WywIpUtY

    On March 3, 1991, George Holliday stepped onto the balcony of his Los Angeles apartment, and with his Sony Handycam, took footage from a distance of a disturbing scene: Four LAPD officers pummeling a black motorist, Rodney King, during a routine traffic stop.

  • Donald Day

    Derek, body-worn camera footage — just like bystander and surveillance video — can be a tool for police accountability and for supporting officers who behave lawfully. What’s the downside?

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