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Police Officers Throughout Kansas May Be Required To Wear Body Cameras

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The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill suggesting state lawmakers require police officers to wear body cameras. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Proponents of Senate bill 18 asked the committee to advance the bill requiring all levels of law enforcement to wear body cameras while on duty and continually record their activities and interactions.

Representative Gail Finney of Wichita sits on the committee.

“Our position is that we think that there has been a big distrust of law enforcement, particularly in communities of color. We would like to see more transparency and accountability within law enforcement.” 

Some committee members expressed worry that smaller police departments would be unable to afford the cameras and manage footage. Opponents of the bill are expected to speak on Monday.