Austin Police Could Soon Wear Body Cameras
Local police could soon be wearing body cameras.
Austin city leaders have discussed the idea for about three years, but no policy is in place yet. Advocates say body cameras will hold officers and the public more accountable, but critics are concerned police may exploit loopholes in order to protect themselves.
During a commission meeting Monday night, Austin's Police Monitor Margo Frasier said the more evidence available during police incidents, the better.
"Sometimes, all there is the officer and the individual, who unfortunately winds up being shot,” Frasier said. “Particularly if the person is dead, you only have one version of things."
A police watchdog group wants an outside company to control the video servers. The group also wants a serious punishment in place for officers who break body camera policy. They worry allowing police to manage their own evidence would be a conflict of interest.