Target: Los Angeles Councilman Mitch Englander
Goal: Equip police force with body cameras as soon as possible to prevent police violence.
A plan to equip officers of the Los Angeles Police Department with body cameras may be delayed due to funding issues. While it is very important to make sure that the city does not overspend on these cameras, it is also crucial that they are supplied to the officers as soon as possible. Body cameras would be an extremely useful tool in court cases, and to delay using them to could mean unfair sentences due to lack of important evidence. Demand that the city council does not delay the implementation of this plan.
The Los Angeles Police Department would be the largest law enforcement agency in the country to use body cameras if this plan follows through. Its success would be a model for other cities trying to decide whether to use body cameras. However, this could all be delayed several years if the council’s proposal goes through.
Under the police department’s current contract with Taser International, the cameras would cost $31.2-million. Many companies have complained of being left out of the police department’s selection process, and what with Taser’s hefty price tag, the council is considering backing out of their contract and seeing other companies’ bids.
It could take a year or more to seek bids, negotiate a deal, and finalize a contract with a new company. The police department might not see those cameras until the end of 2018 if this happens. All of this is reminiscent of the city’s plan to equip cameras in every patrol car, which has seen decades of deliberation and delay, resulting in many patrol cars still without cameras.
If the body camera plan is delayed, it could end up just like the patrol cars. Sign this petition and tell the Los Angeles City Council that this plan cannot be delayed.
Dear Councilman Englander,
You recently proposed that the Los Angeles Police Department reconsider its contract with Taser International for body cameras. According to you and some other council members, the company’s price is too expensive and the department should be seeking bids from other companies.
However, if this plan is delayed, it may take years, until it is fully implemented. It might share the fate of the plan to equip all patrol cars with cameras, which has still not been implemented after decades of deliberation. Do not let something so important be delayed; please revoke your proposal.
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