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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (CREDIT: Mayor's Office)

Baltimore Mayor May Veto Police Body Camera Bill

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she wants existing studies on body camera use to conclude before the gear is approved.

A bill requiring Baltimore police officers to wear body cameras on duty could be vetoed by the city’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The news comes one week before the Baltimore City Council was set to vote on the measure.

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake said while she is for the cameras, a task force she and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts established last month to study the issue should finish its assessment before the program begins.

The task force, charged with analyzing how a police body-camera program should be implemented, was arranged following a Baltimore Sun investigation that reported the city, just in the past three years, has shelled out $5.7 million as a result of more than 100 civil lawsuits that alleged some sort of police misconduct.

“While some would think we should just roll out a plan, this is something too important not to get right,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement back in October.

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