Body cameras for local agencies: What the Evidence Tells Us


There have been three deadly police-involved shootings around the Metro this summer. But in each case, no body cameras were in use.
Crystal Whitman looks at the impact some say these cameras are having in the communitiy.

Body cameras are cameras are standard for many law enforcement departments around the country. But some local agencies are
still not using them.
“We have an extremly fractured community right now. We have individuals whose livs hae been lost at the hands of police officers.
These things are becoming so prevalent that the community cannot trust these various agencies,” said local Attorey Dedrick Moore.

Attorney Ron Haley, who has represented the family of Josef Richardson, The West Baton ROuge man fatally shot by a West Baton Rouge
Sheriff’s Deputy in July says that the technology helps to mend relationships with the community.

“When we have an issue like Joseph Richardson that we don’t have to question how this happened again we know what happened to them but we don’t know why. His family deserves to know that. The citizens of the neighboring parish deserve to know that,” said Haley.

Neither the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office nor the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is using body cameras. The Baton Rouge
Police Department is using the technology and says their cameras are vital to serving and protecting their community.

We’ve reached out to both East and West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Offices and neither made anyone available to speak to us on the body camera issue.
Louisiana State Police are investigating each of the deadly shootings which is the normal protocol.

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