Lawmakers Consider Police Body Camera Study

Mar 20, 2015
William Marcus

Today at the Montana Legislature, the House Judiciary Committee heard a request to study the use of body cameras on police officers statewide.

The Montana Police Protective Association supports the study, but has concerns that police body cam use post-Ferguson is far too unregulated and has led to confusion.

Mark Murphy of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police agrees.

“Government has no right to privacy, but everybody that we deal with does have a right to privacy.”

Lawmakers Will Consider Body Cameras For Police Friday

Mar 19, 2015
Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Friday at the Montana Legislature, lawmakers will discuss body cameras for cops. Democrat Rep. Bridget Smith of Wolf Point is carrying a resolution to study the effects of requiring Montana police officers to wear so-called body cams.

“And we will look into ... the compelling reasons why, this would be good for Montanans.”

But the cost may be too high. A 2014 Department of Justice study says the average price of cameras police stations buy is between $800 and $1,200 each.

Reveal - PILOT

Jul 15, 2014

07/17/2014 - Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.