- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Police in Bloomington say they’re searching for a suspect after one of their officer’s body cameras was taken during a protest.

The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1AMv7yk ) police say the theft happened when an officer tried to stop a protester from setting off fireworks in the crowd. The protesters were having a “ReclaimMLK” rally on Monday.

Police say a protester grabbed an officer around the neck, knocking the officer’s body camera off his uniform. Captain Joe Qualters says police used footage from another officer’s body camera to find an image of the suspect. Police say the body camera is worth $700.

The Bloomington Police Department used $21,000 from the city’s general fund to purchase 30 body cameras in December 2013. Officers have used them to record interactions with the public since April.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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