Joe Buscaino

Why spend $57 million on police body cameras if the footage won't be available to the public?

Why spend $57 million on police body cameras if the footage won't be available to the public?

To the editor: This week, the L.A. City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted in favor of a plan to buy body cameras to outfit more than 7,000 officers. In urging a yes vote, Councilman Joe Buscaino stated that officers want the cameras “so they can show the public the professionalism, the courtesy they employ every day.” (Re “L.A. approves police body cameras,” June 23)

In contrast, police unions throughout the state are supporting pending legislation that would give an individual officer the right to challenge in...

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