Kansas police officers may be required to wear body cameras

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers may require police officers to wear body cameras under a bill discussed by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard testimony Thursday on a measure that would require police officers to wear body cameras and continually record their activities and interactions.

Portions of video relevant to investigations, official complaints or the use of force would be stored for three years.

Community activists argued that the move would ensure greater transparency and public safety. However, some committee members expressed worry that smaller police departments would be unable to afford the cameras and manage the footage.

 

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