Body Cameras

The family of Andre Hill, the unarmed black man killed in December by a white Columbus police officer, say they are relieved that Adam Coy has been indicted and arrested for his murder.  

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Ohio will be able to buy body-worn cameras through a $10 million grant Governor Mike DeWine proposed in his two year state budget plan.

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Columbus officials say they plan to invest at least $4.5 million in new body-worn cameras for police and require officers to use them correctly.

A police officer who shot and killed a Black man holding a cell phone in Columbus early Tuesday did not activate his body camera beforehand, and dash cameras on the officers’ cruiser were also not activated, city officials said.

The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Casey Goodson Junior earlier this month.

All shootings by Ohio police officers and any deaths of individuals in custody would be investigated by independent agencies under a proposal announced Wednesday by Governor Mike DeWine. 

Columbus City Council today announced plans to add another $3.3 million to Mayor Andy Ginther's 2019 municipal budget proposal. 

Columbus City Council last night voted to lift the moratorium on the number of taxis licensed by the city that has been in effect for several years. 

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Several communities are answering their own questions about what is and is not public record when it comes to police body camera footage.

The use of body cameras by police has become more widespread, but there remain inconsistencies in how agencies deal with the footage.

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital.

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

Body cameras are spreading fast through American policing, and they're generating an ocean of video. Axon, a company that provides secure cloud storage for police departments, says it has received more than 4 million hours' worth of video uploads from its clients.

Columbus City Council last night approved spending 1.4 million dollars to purchase storage equipment for police dashboard and body camera videos.

Columbus technology department officials say they are upgrading procedures to ensure police videos are not accidentally deleted in the future.

Columbus City Council last night approved a 500 thousand dollar contract with Texas-based Watch Guard Video to provide body cameras for police officers.

Columbus City Council is scheduled to vote on Monday to approve a vendor that will supply police officers with body cameras.

Columbus police and the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter have reached an agreement on rules for use of body cameras, which is slated to begin at the end of the year.

Most of the ten people who spoke at a Columbus City Council public hearing last night on a proposed policy for police body cameras say the city must move as quickly as possible to equip officers with the devices, in the wake of recent police shootings.

The Cleveland Board of Control has approved the deal with the ACLU relaxing city rules on protest marches and rallies at the Republican National Convention,  after a federal judge last week determined the previous rules violated the right of free expression.

City of Columbus

Not all Columbus police officers would be required to wear body cameras, under rules the city is in the process of drafting.

A bipartisan bill in Ohio would require law enforcement agencies to have rules governing the use of body cameras and that such policies be made public. 

City of Columbus

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's final budget proposal is the largest in the city's history.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman this week appointed a nine-member committee to oversee how to equip 18-hundred officers with body cameras by the end of 2016.

Following the lead of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, City Council plans explore the idea of equipping police officers with body cameras. 

Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati.

The attorney for the white and now former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an African-American motorist during a traffic stop earlier this month says he was shocked his client was charged with murder yesterday.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the city will consider outfitting police officers with body cameras. Coleman says the goal is to help improve police-community relations.

State of Ohio

An African-American state lawmaker and former Columbus City Council member is drafting a bill requiring police officers to wear body cameras. 

The Beavercreek citizens and law enforcement board reviewing last year's fatal police shooting of John Crawford III wants officers to start wearing body cameras.