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49. Cameras in Police Cars
The Rockford police chief and some city officials
to install video cameras in all 100 police
. They think this will reduce the number of
filed against the city. In the last five
, Rockford has paid out more than five million
to settle about 40 lawsuits.
The chief said, “
cameras had been in those cars, we wouldn’t
had to pay one dime. We’re always pulling
drunks or drug users who try to fight
cops or shoot them. Then they always claim
the police started beating them first or started
at them first. What hogwash!”
The cost of
cameras will be about $500 per vehicle. The
council will vote on the proposal next Monday.
of the 13 council members, when asked about
proposal, said that they liked the idea. One
said that it makes good fiscal sense and
sense. If the cameras are approved, they can
installed in all the cars within six weeks.
police officers enthusiastically support camera use. One officer
that too many people think the police are
; cameras would show citizens that police tell the
. “The money that we’ve been spending on lawsuits
be better spent on more cameras,” said one
Citizen reaction to the idea of police car
is mixed. One person said that the police
have started doing this years ago when video
were invented. But an elderly man said that
were an invasion of privacy. “These police are
to stick their nose into everything,” he said.
was going to attend the council meeting to
the proposal. He hoped that other citizens would