Debate over police body cameras resurfaces in legislature

With the recent killing of 50-year-old South Carolina man Walter Scott by a police officer, the debate about requiring police to wear body cameras has resurfaced in the Missouri Legislature.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, said the cameras are necessary, especially after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson last August. Nasheed said the cameras will add accountability.

At least nine bills dealing with body cameras have been filed this session, but only one — barring the state from requiring body cameras — has made substantial progress.

A major objection raised by Republican opponents of to the bill is that body cameras would be an invasion of privacy. Some legislators say the cameras could lead to potential embarrassing moments for some families. Lawmakers also argue that funding the cameras would be too expensive, and that it should be a decision made by cities, not the state.

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