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Law Enforcement Body Cam Legislation Moves through Florida House

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 13:24:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - There has been massive controversy over body camera's for law enforcement.

The argument is that police should wear the camera's to ensure that they are reacting appropriately to situations and to help in remembering what happened in a situation. 

Law enforcement officers could then view the footage on their body cameras before writing their official report of an incident, under legislation moving in the Florida House.

The criminal justice subcommittee approved the legislation this week by a vote of 11 to 1.

The measure would allow police to see and hear what is on their camera, and it would be up to local law enforcement agencies to come up with policies and procedures about how the officer would review the footage.

Bill sponsor Shawn Harrison says cops respond to a wide range of calls each day, from something as simple as a barking dog to a report of shots fired.

He says viewing their own body camera should help them remember what happened during a given call.

The body camera legislation has one more committee stop in the house, before it would be ready for a vote by the whole chamber. A similar senate bill has yet to be heard by any committee, ahead of the 2017 regular session that starts March 7th.