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Public Advocate Calls for NYPD to Equip Officers With Body Cameras

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In the wake of Eric Garner's death, Public Advocate Letitia James and advocates are pushing once again for the New York City Police Department to equip police officers with body cameras.

James is urging the NYPD to launch a pilot program in precincts with high rates of police misconduct complaints and crime to monitor their interactions with civilians.

She said the cameras will increase transparency and accountability while helping departments improve protocol.

Police in several other cities, including Oakland, New Orleans and San Diego, wear body cameras.

James said based on cost data from those cities, the proposal is a smart financial step as well.

"We estimate that it would cost the city $5 million, $5 million, to equip 15 percent of the police force with body cameras, and that's far less than the $152 million that we are paying out in judgments," she said.

James said she hopes body cameras will ultimately spread to all precincts across the city.

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