The Chicago Police Department announced this week that officers working afternoon shifts in the Shakespeare District of Chicago, which includes parts of Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town, can wear body cameras as part of a 45 to 60-day pilot program.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement that “This new program will ensure more transparency from CPD and a new view of the work performed by our officers.”
Several instances of highly publicized police misconduct cases across the country last year have undoubtedly prompted the use of cameras and other new technology in the hopes of avoiding “conflicting evidence”. Most recently, the Los Angeles Police Department ordered thousands of digital taser weapons that automatically activate cameras on police officers’ uniforms once used.
We hope programs such as these become commonplace across the country in the coming months.