LA Sheriffs Deputy's to receive body cameras
L.A County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced Wednesday that deputies would begin to receive body cameras in October, the Associated Press reported.
why it matters:
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs, with 1,200 deputies, is the biggest sheriff's department in the nation. The department is estimated to spend $25 million over the next five years on 5,200 body cameras. Today's announcement comes weeks after major anti-racist protests and unrest across Los Angeles County and the nation over the death of George Floyd.
👉"Hundreds of deputies reportedly purchased their own body cameras as the department's plans to buy them stalled for years", per the AP.
🚔 Since the death of George Floyd, protesters have called to defund the Police, meaning the reallocation of police funding towards other services that advocates believe would lead to reductions in crime, like education and mental health support.