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New Jersey Law Mandates Video Systems in New Patrol Car or Body Cameras for Officers

September 16, 2014  | 

Last week New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure into law that requires police departments to mount video cameras on their new cars or provide their officers with wearable cameras.

The measure Christie signed Wednesday was advocated by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, the Associated Press reports. Moriarty was charged in 2012 with drunken driving but was cleared with the help of evidence from a camera on the squad car of the Washington Township officer who pulled him over.

A New Jersey legislator has also said that he will soon introduce a bill that would require all officers on patrol to wear body cameras.

Stating he intends to introduce the body camera bill in the "next couple weeks," Sen. Donald Norcross made his case by referencing both the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the recent release of video capturing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancé in an Atlantic City elevator, reports.

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kevCopAz @ 9/16/2014 4:28 PM

Great idea but where is the $ coming from? Don't take it from the already existing PD budgets….if you (pols) want this, then FUND IT!. You should also make it a FELONY to falsely claim misconduct of an officer that would result in a felony on the officers partif proved to be true and a miss. for the others.. Have ALL complainants sign a sworn statement that they are being truthful and if they are found to be lying then prosecute them the way you would a police officer. The Al Sharptons and Jessie Jacksopns would think twice about backing these folks who make things up (need I say Twanna Browley? I gurentee you that if jurisdictions passed this law and the cameras were there to prove or disprove the allegations then folks would not be so fast to claim prejudice, racism and any sort of police brutality when it was obviously false. I bet these politicians wont be so quick to inapt this law would they? Perhaps we should make politicians wear body camera when doing any public business?

rob @ 9/16/2014 7:04 PM

So a corrupt politician wants a bill forcing officers to have cameras. Oh, I forgot christie is a moral politician for the people and it was his aides who did under hand practices. I say adjust it to include the politicians so that their shady or non shady practices are recorded.

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