- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis residents are sounding off about plans to equip police officers with body cameras.

The Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its first public hearing on body cameras Saturday in north Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1BXwS2E ) reports a majority of the 20 people in attendance told the commission they think police should wear body cameras to increase accountability.

Supporters say they believe body cameras will ensure police are not overstepping their authority. But others worry that the city is spending money on cameras instead of directly addressing police misconduct.

The panel will advise Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau on the best policies for body cameras. Two more public hearings will be held over the next month. The program is set to roll out next year.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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