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St. Louis officials OK company’s offer for trial of police body cameras

St. Louis’ top elected officials said Wednesday they support a company’s offer to supply free body cameras for police officers. But it’s not a sure thing that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will use them permanently.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, Comptroller Darlene Green and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed approved a proposal from Axon, formerly called Taser, to provide police officers with the cameras. In April, Axon said it would offer body cameras to all police departments for a year for free.

The three officials also voted to request bids from companies that would permanently supply the devices.

Reed sponsored the initiative, which he said would enhance trust between police and African-Americans. He said that’s especially important after a judge on Friday acquitted former St. Louis officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

But Reed acknowledged the St. Louis Police Officers Association would have to agree to permanently use body cameras.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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