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L.A. made mess of its police body camera deal. Now, the best way out is forward

L.A. made mess of its police body camera deal. Now, the best way out is forward

Perhaps City Councilman Mitch Englander's sudden eagerness to delay a massive deal to buy 6,140 body cameras for Los Angeles police officers has nothing to do with the fact that he is in a tough race for county supervisor or the revelation that he received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from a dozen people affiliated with the company seeking the contract.

We'll take his word that putting the LAPD through more hoops is designed to assuage the cost concerns of his colleagues on the Public Safety Committee. In any case, he is entirely correct that a $31.2-million contract for body cameras, accessories, upgrades and storage ought to be done right. And this one wasn't. But...

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