As Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained in a statement
This body-worn camera pilot program is a vital part of the Justice Department's comprehensive efforts to equip law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the tools, support and training they need to tackle the 21st century challenges we face. Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
As such, this proposed federal project will help augment locally-proposed body-cam programs in cities like Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The body cam project is part of a larger, $263 million program announced back in December. That larger effort aims to improve police training, expand community outreach and overhaul the distribution of military-grade equipment and vehicles to local agencies over the next three years (sorry Los Angeles Unified School District, that means no more Bearcats for you).
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