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Tax Dollars Paying For Body Cameras

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LAS VEGAS -- A bill that would raise your taxes to give Metro Police more money is one step closer to reality with body cameras for officers.

The shooting death of Stanley Gibson was a series of critical failures by Metro Police according to the district attorney's office. The only photographic evidence of the shooting was grainy cell phone video from curious residents.

NAACP Vice President Richard Boulware said officers should be outfitted with body cameras that would have increased officers awareness as well as Stanley Gibson's safety. Boulware added cameras are the unblinking eye that shows the truth.

"The Stanley Gibson case is a perfect example of that situation where you had incredible horrible tactics by officers, you had dangerous tactics by officers that led to the shooting death of Stanley Gibson," Boulware said. "I think they create accountability in the community where people know that their actions are being monitored first and the officers themselves know their actions are being monitored."

The NAACP has recommended a change to a proposed law to pay for more police. The organization wants part of the tax money to be used to buy body cameras.

Chris Collins of the Police Protective Association said they can't go along with the amendment.
 
"This is not a well thought out plan, it is not the end all be all solution, because those cameras are only good for when you have time to use them," Collins said. "Should they want to voluntarily wear a camera we have no problem, we are just not going to stand by and let either the legislation or the sheriff mandate something that violates our officer's rights."

The entire cost to outfit Metro's officers with cameras would run between 10 to 15 million dollars.

The Police Protective Association said they are prepared to fight this amendment every step of the way.

Assembly Bill 496 will now go on to the full assembly for consideration set for tomorrow.

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