- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Fort Myers police will soon start wearing body cameras.

The city council is expected to approve funding for the pager-sized cameras Monday. Police expect to receive 40 cameras this month.

They chose small cameras that clip to shirts which Baker said better in Florida’s humidity and rain than the cameras that attach to glasses.

Chief Doug Baker says it’s a device that will keep officers and the public safe.

Miami Beach city commissioners voted this week to buy body cameras for police and other city officials.

The News-Press (https://tinyurl.com/q3o7mg8 ) reports that Cape Coral police have also been testing and evaluating body cameras.

A poll released Wednesday says more than two-thirds of Florida voters support the idea of placing body cameras on police officers to record their interaction with the public.

The issue increasingly has been debated since the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old last month in Ferguson, Missouri.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, https://www.news-press.com

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