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Ferguson Police Begin Using Body-worn Cameras

Ferguson Police are now wearing 50 donated body camera, expecting to outfit all of their patrol officers.

Photo: Digital AllyPhoto: Digital AllyPolice officers in Ferguson, Mo., began wearing body cameras on Saturday as marchers took to the streets in the most recent protest of a shooting three weeks earlier by a city officer that left a teenager dead.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said his department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally, about a week ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The companies donated the body cameras after the fatal shooting on Aug. 9 of Michael Brown Jr. by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Company representatives were at the police department on Saturday training officers to use the devices, which attach to uniforms and record video and audio. Some members of the police department have been specially trained on the devices’ use.

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