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Activists Give Cameras to Ferguson Residents to Record Police Encounters

September 23, 2014  | 

For every police officer in Ferguson wearing a camera to record encounters with the public, there soon may be two residents equipped with small cameras of their own to watch police.

A California-based group called We Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices.

On Saturday, the group joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen and began distributing the cameras and training residents in their use, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

“With these cameras, we will have the ability to challenge the police narrative,” said David Whitt, spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen.

Last month, two companies donated about 50 body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department.

St. Louis County police began distributing cameras to its officers last week, with the goal of equipping all 465 patrol officers as soon as possible.


Comments (8)

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TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 10:02 PM

These people in Ferguson are getting to be plain ridiculous & borderline interfering with governmental duties of all kinds. If they hate it there so much either vote when you can or move the hell out of there.
STUPID PEOPLE DOING STUPID THINGS is not helping the residents, businesses, patrons, or anyone else.

Pup @ 9/24/2014 8:30 AM

Just a note, the new cameras are no different then citizens having cell phones with a camera. LE will always be recorded unless the bad guy starts it. You won't ever see those videos. It would be nice to see Ferguson PD officers seek employment with another agency leaving Ferguson without a PD.

Jimmy Washington @ 9/24/2014 9:43 AM

What Ferguson residents fail to realize is that they are the problem. Instead of cameras they should be given mirrors and instructed to recognize the real problem.

Here's a joke from Ferguson:

Q: "Brah, how many outside troublemakers we need to burn down da town?"

A: "Don't need none. We can burn it down just by ourselves."

Capt. Crunch @ 9/24/2014 9:48 AM

Why not give them a free TV, it's a lot cheaper and that way they stay home, besides they probably won't know to operate a camera.LOL

Bill @ 9/24/2014 12:03 PM

Hahaha. Now let's just sit back and watch all the felonies get posted to facebook. Genius!

Bill @ 9/24/2014 12:06 PM

And I agree with Pup. Leave them with nothing. Go protect and serve another community.

Mitch @ 9/24/2014 12:43 PM

By this weekend all of those cameras will be pawned.

Chris @ 10/9/2014 6:29 AM

The racial and social undertones in some of these comments are disgusting. I hope you are not LEOs. I would hate working with some of you. YOU are PART of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. We get it. The people in Ferguson are not perfect. What city is?

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