- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A proposed Indianapolis police budget that includes funding for body cameras is moving forward to the full City-County Council.

The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1O4gMY5 ) reports the budget passed by a committee Wednesday includes 155 new police recruit hires and $250,000 for body cameras.

Officials had planned a body camera program to equip all 900 officers, costing an estimated $2 million over three to five years. The budget proposal relied heavily on federal grants, but Indianapolis didn’t receive any funding for body cameras when the Department of Justice announced last week it was awarding $23.2 million for 73 agencies.

It’s unclear how many officers would receive cameras with the $250,000 in funding.

Black leaders urged the city to equip officers with body cameras following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old carjacking suspect. Authorities say it wasn’t captured by any department cameras.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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