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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor De Blasio announced Monday that the city will hire 1,300 new NYPD officers as part of a $78.5 billion budget deal, the New York Times reports. The announcement came as a surprise, as Mayor De Blasio as recently as June 5 said that hiring more cops was unnecessary, since crime is at near-historic lows; […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

When a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer who was videotaped choking Eric Garner, many outlets (including ANIMAL) saw it as a potential sign that body cameras on police wouldn’t make a difference in the occurrences of police brutality. Now the full contents of a police body cam study in Rialto, California have […]

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12.03.14 Rhett Jones

The NYPD has announced it will begin its pilot program for body-mounted cams on Wednesday, a full month earlier than previously announced. It has been implied that the move is motivated by tensions that could arise with the expected announcement of a grand jury’s ruling on the death of Eric Garner. Garner died after being placed […]

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09.05.14 Marina Galperina

On Thursday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced details of the NYPD body camera pilot program that will allow officers to record their activity and interactions while on duty. Initially, plans for 50 body cameras were announced, but the New York Times reports that “60 cameras will be deployed in the coming months in five high-crime police precincts, […]

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08.29.14 Sophie Weiner

Yesterday, police commissioner Bill Bratton announced a small pilot program that will provide NYPD officers with body cameras to record their actions while on duty. The initial program will include only 50 officers. The cameras are intended both to prevent misconduct by officers and allow officers a defense against complaints that are said to be unfounded. […]

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