- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A spokesman says Memphis police officers will begin using body cameras by July 4.

Police department public information officer Louis Brownlee told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/20UaMW0 ) in an email that officers at the Crump Station will be outfitted with body cameras. No further details were provided.

The launch is part of a five-year, $25 million initiative to equip Memphis police with body cameras for officers and in-car cameras for cruisers. Departments nationwide have been moving to equip officers with the cameras to monitor for misconduct and abuse and combat false allegations of abuse.

Memphis planned to have officers equipped with cameras by late last year, but incoming Mayor Jim Strickland postponed the deployment after taking office, saying the necessary staffing, policies and procedures weren’t in place.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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