Commissioner Evans On Body Cameras, Community Relationships

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, in his office (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, in his office (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Boston City Council will hold a hearing Wednesday evening on a proposal that would require city police officers to wear body cameras.

In the wake of a series of police involved shootings around the country — from California to Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina -- proponents say police body cameras would not only protect law-abiding citizens, but also exonerate police officers accused of doing something wrong.

"We can have well-documented evidence of the interaction that takes place between the police and civilians. This is meant to provide an opportunity for the police to state their side of any dispute, as well as regular citizens," said Councilor Charles Yancey, who is sponsoring the proposal.

But others have concerns and questions about the proposal, including Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.


William Evans, Boston police commissioner


WBUR: Boston City Council Takes Up Police Body Camera Proposal

  • "Across the country, several cities — including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — have launched pilot programs with body cams."

This segment aired on August 5, 2015.


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