Federal judge holds hearing on use of NOPD body cameras

A federal judge says the discipline for NOPD officers not turning on their body or vehicle cameras needs to be serious enough to force compliance.

Federal monitors who are part of the NOPD consent decree say the cameras aren't being used enough.

Interim police superintendent Michael Harrison was in court Wednesday for the consent decree hearing.

Harrison told Judge Susie Morgan that he's asking officers to turn on the cameras before they exit that vehicles.

But Harrison said when officers are involved in a life or death situation there may be times when the cameras aren't on during use of force incidents.

An audit found that in September, cameras were used 62 percent of the time during the incidents they are required to be used. In August, it was only 49 percent.

A justice department representative said the cameras are not a cure all, but a part of comprehensive reforms.

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