- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte City Council will buy body cameras for its police officers.

The council voted Monday to spend $7 million to get cameras for each patrol officer by October.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told local media outlets the cameras will help the department deal with increasing demands to record interactions between officers and the public.

The purchase includes 1,400 cameras. The training and deployment of the cameras is expected to take up to nine months.

The American Civil Liberties Union, local civil rights activists and police unions have all said officers need to have the cameras.

Monroe says while his department has avoided much of the criticism directed at other law enforcement agencies, his department needs to pay attention to the reaction to police shootings around the country.

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