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Mayor: City Committed to Testing Equipping Police With Body Cameras

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is committed to testing equipping police officers with body cameras.

Earlier this month, Public Advocate Letitia James called for the city to launch the pilot program in precincts with high rates of police misconduct complaints.

She says the cameras will increase transparency and accountability.

James points out that police in other cities wear body cameras, and that those have proven to be a smart financial step as well.

The mayor is on board with testing them out.

"The pilot's going to tell us a lot. It's going to tell us whether it's something we can use on a bigger scale or it's something that's going to take a lot more time to use on a bigger scale. We're going to have to find that out objectively," he said. "But we're absolutely committed to the pilot. We think there's real promise there."

The NYPD says it's looking into the legal, technological and logistical impacts of body cameras.

The Patrolman's Benevolent Association says it's waiting to see more evidence on their effectiveness before determining its stance. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP