- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque Office of Inspector General has found that city officials used a fair and unbiased process to reach a tentative deal with Taser International to provide body cameras for police.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2lvyvOh) Monday that the city would get 2,000 cameras and video storage through 2020 under the deal. The $5 million purchase, announced in December, would be funded with city and federal money.

Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry had asked for the Inspector General to review the deal because of the city’s controversial history with Taser.

In 2013, a no-bid contract with the company led to a criminal investigation because a former police chief began consulting work for Taser while still on the city’s payroll.

The new report says the city’s process of vetting proposals from various vendors and selecting Taser was in compliance with city laws.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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