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A Year After Ferguson, Many Cities Debate Body Cameras03:40
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Officer Joshua Jones demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera during a press conference on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Officer Joshua Jones demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera during a press conference on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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After the events in Ferguson and other officer-involved shootings, Boston is one of many cities now considering the use of body cameras for its police officers.

On Wednesday, at the first of what’s expected to be several hearings on the issue, the Boston City Council heard opinions on the controversial proposal. Councilor Charles Yancey, who introduced the proposed ordinance, said at Wednesday night’s packed hearing that the use of body cameras will increase trust and transparency between police and the public.

“A lot is at stake, because we cannot have a safe community if we do not have a police department that respects the community and a community that respects the police,” he said.

Delores Handy from Here & Now contributor WBUR reports.

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This segment aired on August 6, 2015.

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