The federal government asked Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir to testify about police body cameras. This as the Department of Justice planned to launch a $20 million pilot program aimed at expanding the use of body cameras worn by police officers across the nation.
Colorado legislators passed a half-dozen bills this session to increase oversight on law enforcement in response to public outcry over allegations of police misconduct in the state and nationally.
Colorado legislators passed a half-dozen bills this session increasing oversight on law enforcement, including encouraging the use of officer-worn body cameras, revamping training and strengthening the public’s right to record police activity.
Colorado lawmakers face a chaotic three-day stretch of work before adjourning for the year Wednesday.
Lawmakers pulled a confusing move over body cameras on Friday. A state Senate committee killed a bill that could provide more cameras but then immediately had a change of heart.
A Colorado Senate panel rejected a bill Friday calling for expanded use of body cameras by police officers despite its bipartisan support and backing of law enforcement.
A package of bills designed to increase law enforcement oversight is running into trouble at the state Capitol.
Colorado law enforcement would be encouraged to expand the use of body cameras with a measure given initial approval as legislators considered several police accountability bills Tuesday.
A measure to encourage police departments to buy body cameras for officers headlines another batch of law enforcement oversight bills up for debate at the Colorado Legislature.
Police officers in Parker will begin wearing body cameras on Thursday in an effort to become more transparent and maintain trust.