Well, apparently, we are actually getting started.
The Boston Police Department’s body camera pilot program is now being launched with 100 officers selected by a department consultant after none volunteered.
Ruffled blue feathers? Maybe. But progress has been made according to Boston University’s NPR station, WBUR,
The six-month trial starts today with two days of training. It goes live next month.
The 100 officers are said to be racially and gender diverse. According to the police department, 55 of them are white, 29 are black, 13 are Latino and 3 are Asian. Eighty-seven of the 100 are men. You can figure out how many are not,
The officers are scheduled to patrol some of the city’s high-crime neighborhoods, college student enclaves and tourist hotspots.
Activists had called for this program for a while, since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago.
Controversy dogged the start of the program, however. Some of that still exists as the NAACP has questioned why a disproportionately high number of black officers are wearing the cameras, while others wondered why the largely Latino East Boston neighborhood is not included
And so it goes.
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