Lawmakers in Tennessee are considering the passage of a new law that would severely penalize any police officer who fails to turn on his or her body-worn camera, or who intentionally turns it off during an encounter with a citizen.
According to CBS News, the proposed law comes in the wake of a case in which three officers allegedly turned off their body cameras before one of the officers shot and wounded 26-year-old Martavious Banks.
Police say three officers deliberately hid their actions from supervisors by communicating on a radio frequency that dispatch couldn't hear.
Under the proposed law, officers would face felony charges for intentionally disabling a body camera.
The Memphis Police Association says that body camera policy violations should be treated as policy violations, not criminal activity.