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L.A. City Council rightly halted the rapid rollout of police body cameras

L.A. City Council rightly halted the rapid rollout of police body cameras

Large bureaucracies can be maddeningly slow to make major changes. That, however, is not what's happening with the Los Angeles Police Department as it rolls out the body camera program. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have laid out an ambitious plan to have 7,000 field officers strapped and streaming by the end of next year.

This shows an admirable commitment to police accountability. Body cameras, studies show, change behavior in both officers and those with whom they interact, and their use correlates with an immediate reduction in use-of-force incidents. The sooner every LAPD officer has a body camera affixed to his or her uniform, the better.

Even so,...

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