Body cameras and tasers funding questioned

CHENEY – A proposal to purchase body cameras for the Police Department was tabled for the next City Council meeting due to questions over funding.

The total, including 16 new tasers, would cost the City $182,763 and be billed as a “discretionary request.”

The need for body cameras arose from policing reforms handed down from the state because of the national spotlight on alleged police brutality.

According to the new requirements, officers need to record interviews with all witnesses and victims, and any interaction with juveniles.

State officials believe the cameras will provide transparency...


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