Baltimore mayor pledges to fund police body cameras

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is touting her plans to equip some police officers with body cameras after a police officer shot an unarmed man in South Carolina.

Rawlings-Blake appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and reiterated her support for body cameras. She pledged to fund a program for police body cameras even if the city doesn’t get federal funding for the cameras.

In February, a mayoral task force recommended that Baltimore should pursue a six-month pilot program with body cameras on 100 police officers.

The mayor says maintaining trust with the police is a priority. On Monday, Rawlings-Blake is set to outline her next steps to increase transparency and accountability in police practices.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Categories: Local News, Maryland