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DC Police Await Ruling on Body Camera Use

Police in Washington DC are waiting on a decision from the city council Tuesday to see if body camera use will be delayed.

Funding and video access may delay body camera use for Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.

According to NBC Washington:

D.C. Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment calling for Mayor Muriel Bowser to add funds to the 2016 budget to make the footage viewable to the public. The cost of doing so has been estimated at $1.5 million per year, officials said.

If the funds are not added to the budget set to go into effect in October, the usage of the cameras could be delayed.

“This gives us that independent, unbiased witness that will help us kind of sort through what is normal in a police investigation — a variety of different opinions from a variety of people,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told NBC Washington.

For more information on the vote in Washington D.C., please visit NBCwashington.com.

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