- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The city of Montgomery is equipping its police officers with body cameras.

Nearly 50 officers began using the cameras this week, and Chief Ernest Finley says the department hopes to equip 300 people with the cameras by Oct. 1.

Finley says dashboard cameras have been useful to police in the past, and the mobility of body cameras will help increase the transparency of officers on duty.

Police body cameras are getting increased attention following a number of confrontations and clashes between citizens and officers nationwide.

Mayor Todd Strange says the cameras because they will help tell the “true story” should any complaints arise against an officer.

Montgomery police will be required to turn on the cameras anytime they deal with someone outside their patrol car.

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