Gomes Urges Passage Of Body Camera Training For Cops

Backed by State Senator Ed Gomes, legislation approved by the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday requires police officers to be trained in the use of deadly force and body cameras.

From the Hartford Courant:

“I did not have to go all the way to Ferguson or North Charlotte,” Gomes told fellow committee members at the Capitol complex. “We had a case in Bridgeport. We had an officer who was acquitted who was clearly videotaped stomping on another guy.”

Gomes added, “This officer chose to take it to court. He was clearly videotaped stomping on this suspect. And he was acquitted. That disturbs me.”

“There is a great need for this legislation in the state of Connecticut,” Gomes said. “We don’t have to go to Ferguson. We don’t have to go to Baltimore or north Charlotte. I just wanted to make that remark.”

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  1. This article was written by Ken Dixon today.
    HARTFORD — A key legislative committee Tuesday morning killed language in a bill that would have required mandatory body cameras for Connecticut police officers

  2. Senator Ed Gomes is correct, this is like the Fram Air Filter commercial, “pay me now or pay me later.” Hold back and save the money today by not buying these cameras now but pay later when the lawsuit comes from where a cop kills someone and it’s recorded by somebody’s cell phone, how many millions will that cost?

  3. Just think about the millions of dollars that will be paid out to the families of those killed by the police. Those cameras protect those good police officers who are doing their job right, let’s protect them and the public with those cameras.

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