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Inside Scoop: Walker supports police body camera bill

April 23, 2015
In The News

Congressman Mark Walker has sponsored a bill that would create a grant program to help law enforcement agencies get body cameras.

One of the big barriers to municipalities or state agencies buying the devices has been the cost.

Walker is the first Republican U.S. House member to sponsor the "Police Creating Accountability by Making Effective Recording Available" (Police CAMERA) Act of 2015. A related bill has also been filed in the Senate.

The program would use existing funding, according to Walker's office. The bill would also require the government to study the program's effectiveness.

"I have the utmost respect for our law enforcement but unfortunately recent events have severely damaged public trust between our officers and the people they serve," Walker said in a statement.

He said the bill is "a tangible way to address recent incidents that have caused friction and protests around police violence."

The bill was filed by Florida Rep. Corrine Brown and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. Walker signed on his support Tuesday.

Read the legislation here.