HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–State lawmakers have voted to spend $15 million on body cameras for all state troopers to wear. The big move comes in the wake of several police-involved encounters with unarmed civilians in the state and across the country.
Troopers will have traffic stops, and all other interactions recorded. The NAACP says it is a “step in the right direction.”
“The NAACP has been fighting against brutality since 1909, when the organization was started,” President Scott X Esdaile said. The community is applauding what happened today, with an overwhelming vote.”
The vote passed, 108-37.
The cameras will clip right onto the pocket, collar or cap.
The bill requires state troopers to wear the cameras and the funding is available to city’s and towns for their department. Rep. Gary Winfied (D/New Haven) believes it will promote transparency.
“If the police have done something wrong, we can go ahead and prosecute them, and if they haven’t done anything wrong, we can exonerate them. ” said Winfield. “I think that’s exactly where we want to be, and passage of this bill allows us to move forward, get the conversation behind us and find out what’s really going on.”
The budget includes not just the actual cameras but storage, monitoring, and editing for witnesses and victims who may be in the footage.