Memphis Police set to soon use body cameras - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Police set to soon use body cameras

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

In less than a month, body cameras are set to roll out on Memphis Police.

While the delivery date for the new equipment was Wednesday, it is unclear if the cameras will be ready on time.

Local leaders who work closely with police said the body cameras cannot come soon enough.

For now, it is unclear how soon they will be actually put to use.

"It's an open environment for everybody to judge for themselves," said Memphis resident Christopher Biddle.

Many Memphians appear to be all for the police body cameras.

“When it comes to a situation like that, money doesn't matter," said Memphis resident Timeka Seldon. “I don't think it should be just about what the public knows about what they're (police) doing. I think at the same time, it has to be a way to be protection for them."

Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board Chairman Reverend Ralph White agreed.

"The cameras don't lie," he said.

White is the minister accused killer Tremaine Wilbourn turned to when turning himself in after the death of Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton.

White said cameras will not just help the review board make sound decisions, it would prevent community tensions and help the officers.

With video evidence, White said some complaints might never even cross the review board’s desk; they’d go straight to courts.

"In light of what's happening all over the country, I think they're on time,” White said.

The city has beta tested cameras for months.

Wednesday, 2,150 body cameras were supposed to be delivered, along with 900 in-car video cameras and 900 GPS automatic vehicle locators.

Neither MPD nor the city said whether the cameras had arrived.

The cameras are supposed to be put into action by September 1.

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