- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Charleston Police Department is joining a growing list of law enforcement agencies considering the purchase of body cameras for officers.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bitly.com/1wy1BgU ) that the department has received one sample camera. Capt. Ted Malone says the department will order two more to try out before making a final decision.

Morgantown and Fayette County authorities have ordered cameras. Buckhannon police expect all nine officers to be wearing cameras by early 2015.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the body cameras would have been helpful to police responding to last weekend’s riots after West Virginia University’s football victory over Baylor.

Malone says that while it’s possible the cameras could catch an officer’s wrongdoing, he expects they more likely would be used to defend officers against citizen complaints.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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