Cleveland police officials say many of them won’t be wearing body cameras during the Republican National Convention in July.
Police officials, according to the Cleveland.com, said they were unable to attach body cams to riot gears cops will be using during the four-day convention, starting from July 18 to 21.
The police department plans to use alternative methods to capture any police interaction with citizens, using helicopters and hand-held cameras. According to speculations, over 65,000 delegates and reporters will be present at the convention with a galaxy of protesters from around the world.
Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen Association said: “to have those body cameras and not allow us to wear them is absolutely irresponsible.”
Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, Cleveland police spokeswoman, explained that their cops will wear “softer” uniforms, but if violence arises, they will wear riot gear to control the crowd.
Officer Loomis, one of the officers who was initially against the use of body cameras, said: “Just when we get used to them and we want them to be around, [the department] tells us, when we probably need them the most, that we’re not going to be wearing them.”
How can police stupidly buy body cameras that cannot be fixed to riot gear? Money wasted and lives at stake. You might as well get your cell phones charged to film police interrogations, in case protests turn violent during the convention.
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