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Boston Police Body Camera Pilot Program Kicks Off

The Boston Patrolmen's Association argued the department violated its agreement on body cams when it started randomly assigning cameras to officers



    Boston Police Body Camera Program Pilot Beginning

    The Boston Police Department's body camera pilot program gets underway Monday. (Published Monday, Sept. 12, 2016)

    The Boston Police Department's body camera program has launched after repeated delays by the city's largest police union.

    A police spokeswoman confirmed the six-month pilot program began Monday. Eight volunteers plus 100 officers chosen by a department consultant are participating.

    The program was delayed while the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association negotiated with the city over the terms of an agreement for 100 officers to wear cameras.

    An agreement reached in July called for officers to volunteer. When none did, Police Commissioner William Evans ordered 100 officers to wear them. The union went to court seeking an injunction, saying Evans violated the agreement.

    A judge ruled Friday that Evans has the authority to order officers to wear cameras.

    Union leaders say they agree with the program's intent, but wanted further negotiations.

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