Police Face Backlash As Department Weighs Body-Camera Future

Apr 15, 2019

One of Utah's largest police departments is facing a backlash as they consider whether to discontinue body cameras due to cost concerns.

Dozens of people have asked Unified Police of Salt Lake County to keep them, including some who recounted stories of loved one being shot by police.

Police departments around the country have increasingly adopted body cameras as they come under scrutiny from groups like Black Lives Matter over officer-involved shootings.

They are often touted as an accountability measure that can benefit both officers and civilians.

But they also come with a hefty price tag. The Unified Police board hasn't decided the future of their body-camera program, but authorities signaled that getting rid of them isn't their top choice.