Legislation Seeks to Require Law Enforcement to Wear Body Cams

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 13:29:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Legislation that would require body cameras to be used by most law enforcement officers in Florida, has been filed at the state capitol today.

The measure, filed by a pair of democrats, would mandate that all officers who regularly make routine traffic stops must wear the cameras.

Body cameras are a high-profile issue recently, with several officer-involved shootings across Florida and the nation raising questions about whether the police action was warranted.

Supporters of the legislation say body cameras can help clear up questions about confrontations between police and members of the public.

If passed, all law enforcement agencies that have officers who make routine traffic stops, would need to comply with the bill by January 1st, 2018.