NOPD body cameras take center stage Wednesday at council meeting

NOPD body cameras take center stage Wednesday at council meeting

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department's use of body cameras will take center stage on Wednesday.

The city's criminal justice committee takes up the issue of NOPD and body cameras. This and other pressing issues will be discussed Wednesday in council chambers.

Last year, an audit found that New Orleans police officers used their body cameras less than half the time they were supposed to have them on.

NOPD superintendent Michael Harrison said in a February consent decree hearing that the department had deployed 540 body cameras and had another 100 on the way. But those cameras only work when they're turned on. A consent decree report from last August found at least 86 out of 145 instances involving use of force were not recorded in the first half of 2014.

"Those cameras can actually exonerate them, you know," said Simone Levine of the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor. "Those cameras will always do justice by the officers that are actually doing the right thing."

That's just one of the topics that criminal justice committee will cover Wednesday at its meeting. It starts at 2 p.m. in council chambers.

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