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New Jersey Law Requiring Police-Car Cameras Ruled Unconstitutional

April 22, 2016  | 

A 2014 law requiring all New Jersey municipalities to outfit new police patrol cars with dashboard cameras is unconstitutional because it does not provide an adequate funding source, a state board ruled Wednesday.

The ruling by the Council on Local Mandates on a challenge brought by Deptford Township, Gloucester County, could relieve stress on municipal budgets across the state. The council did not weigh in on the merits of the politically charged debate over the utility of dashboard and body cameras in improving police accountability.

Instead of dashboard cameras, the law says, officers could wear body cameras. The law applies to police vehicles and officers primarily involved in traffic stops, reports.

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kevcopAz @ 4/23/2016 10:34 AM

Good its time that these folks follow the law. If such things are worth while and not just political / politically correct reaction (like most times) great do it, but when the politicians mandate something, then fund it or forget it. Police budgets are far too strapped to absorb hits like this.

Thomas Wiederhold @ 4/23/2016 2:48 PM

Who the heck is this? A state board decides if a law in or is not constitutional? That's not how I learned it. Whether I agree with their decision is not the question. Courts decide this not boards.

Peter J Puleo @ 4/25/2016 9:15 PM

Funding such as it sometimes is, some departments may have to start renting their bullets. I agree that funding should accompany mandates, especially those based on popular hysteria.

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