Reporting Monique Griego
LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — Videotaping police encounters. It’s a controversial issue when citizens record the cops. Now one Maryland police department is going to start recording citizens right back.
Monique Griego has more on the new wearable police cameras.
The cameras will be worn on sunglasses and other types of headgear. Many people believe they benefit both the police and the public.
For years, misbehaving cops have been caught on video. But now, police in Laurel will be doing more of their own recording–and the camera isn’t where you think.
“We use them for training. I want to use them for search warrant execution,” said Chief Richard McLaughlin, Laurel Police.
The sunglasses Officer Matt Jordan is wearing are equipped with a camera. Laurel police plan to deploy 10 wearable cameras so officers can record interactions.
“It’s kind of easy to have a he said she said scenario, but when it’s on video, you can’t argue the facts,” McLaughlin said.