Minneapolis Mayor Calls for Increased Use of Body Cams
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she expects police officers in the city to activate their body cameras the moment they began responding to a call.
Hodges' comments Thursday came in response to the fatal shooting of an Australian woman last weekend by a Minneapolis officer responding to her 911 call. Neither that officer nor his partner had his body camera turned on, and data show that's often the case in Minneapolis.
In a blog post, Hodges calls that unacceptable.
She says she wants an independent audit of the city's program, which has been in wide use for about eight months.
An assistant police chief said earlier this week that the department had been reviewing the body camera program before 40-year-old Justine Damond died, and wanted officers to record more often.
The family of an Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has hired the attorney who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, who was also gunned down by an area officer.
Minneapolis attorney Bob Bennett told The Associated Press in an email Thursday that he is representing Justine Damond's family.
Bennett tells WCCO-TV that Damond's family is in disbelief at her death on Saturday night, after she dialed 911 to report a possible sexual assault. Bennett says Damond _