As New York awaits the imminent grand jury decision whether to bring charges in the case of Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold in July, the city’s cops are being equipped with body cameras.
Although providing cameras for officers has been endorsed by the Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton for months, the pilot program got pushed forward by a month to allow cops to get the cameras cameras starting Dec. 3, police sources told the New York Daily News.
The #NYPD has a history of embracing technology as part of keeping NYC safe. Using body cams is part of that.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 4, 2014
Hopefully, New Yorkers will respond in an intelligent way to whatever news the Garner grand jury delivers. But outfitting cops with cameras could be a step in the right direction towards transparency.