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Los Angeles police will get body cameras || Mayor

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The Los Angeles mayor has decided to equip thousands of police officers with body cameras in the wake of nationwide protests against police violence against unarmed citizens. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday at a press conference that the Los Angeles Police Department would buy 7,000 on-body cameras for officers in order to expand transparency and accountability. "The trust between a community and its police department can be eroded in a single moment," Garcetti said. "Trust is built on transparency." On Dec. 1, President Barack Obama appealed to Congress to approve $75 million for purchasing 50,000 body cameras for police officers around the United States. The announcement followed weeks of angry protests that started after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to indict a white police officer who shot dead black teenager Michael Brown, and were further inflamed after a similar ruling was issued in New York City, where African American Eric Garner was killed in a white police officer’s chokehold. Los Angeles would be the first city to implement the program for its police department staff. Starting next year, LA officers will begin wearing body cameras to record their activities. The mayor's office said the city hopes to deploy the first 800 cameras within six months. "No big city department has done this," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at the press conference. "Officers will have tremendously powerful evidence and the ability to collect it. We are starting a journey that will go on for decades." Police departments in other cities, including Chicago, New York, Minneapolis and Washington DC, have started pilot programs with cameras, or have announced plans to do so. Jim Buerrmann, president of the Police Foundation in Washington and a former chief of police in Redlands, California, argued earlier in the month that when police officers wear cameras, they are less likely to use excessive force against citizens.