- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis police chief says a budget proposal dedicating $1.2 million toward officer body cameras doesn’t mean they’re coming quickly.

A city spending plan released Monday by Mayor Joe Hogsett includes the body camera funding boost as the police department is in the midst of a pilot program in which some officers are using such cameras from three companies.

Police Chief Bryan Roach says a decision on how to proceed with the cameras for the department’s some 1,100 street officers is months away. Roach says the $1.2 million would be enough to start a body camera program, but estimates that is about half of what would be needed each year.

The fatal police shooting of a 45-year-old man earlier this month involved Indianapolis officers without body cameras.

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