Justice Department to Give $20 Million for Police Body Cameras
The Justice Department will award $20 million to law enforcement agencies around the U.S. to establish or improve their use of body cameras.
The announcement Monday comes at a time when several fatal shootings of black men by law enforcement officers are setting off protests nationwide.
At a Justice Department summit in Little Rock, Arkansas, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the grants would be awarded to 106 state, city, tribunal and municipal law enforcement agencies.
"Of course, even as we strive to support local leaders and our law enforcement partners in their work to protect their communities, we are mindful — we know, we see every day — that effective public safety requires more than arrests and prosecutions," Lynch said. "Because It also requires winning, and keeping, the trust and the confidence of the citizens we serve."
Lynch alluded to recent police shootings as the reason to increase body camera usage.
“There is no doubt that these are challenging times for law enforcement and communities alike,” Lynch said. “Where the relationship of trust has frayed and frankly broken, we see the mistrust within the community; we also see the underlying fear within many of our friends and neighbors that when they are threatened by violence, they will have no one to call.”
At the same meeting, Lynch also announced DOJ’s plan to give more than $33 million to 28 jurisdictions to help inventory, test and track backlogged sexual assault kits.
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