City Council paves way for exploring cost of police bodycams

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – City leaders passed a resolution that takes steps toward exploring the possibility of outfitting officers with body cameras, or bodycams.

Tuesday night, Knoxville’s City Council discussed the agenda item at a regularly scheduled meeting.

“Knoxville police officers are honest, dedicated, and hard-working public servants who strive to keep the community safe under increasingly difficult conditions,” said Mark Taylor with the Fraternal Order of Police. “They have nothing to hide and welcome the use of bodycams.”

The subject of bodycams has been in the forefront for city leaders and community members in the last ffew weeks; following a call for action after a recent officer-involved shooting that still remains under investigation.

RELATED: City orders two bodycams for KPD to evaluate

Demonstrators marched to the Aug. 27 city council meeting, calling for body cameras and urging for more transparency and accountability in light of a deadly shooting on Merchant Drive.

Council members responded with a resolution asking for a study into the cost, which was on Tuesday night’s agenda.

City and police officials said Friday two bodycams had been ordered for KPD to begin evaluating for officers’ use.

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