Cop Cams: Senator Royce West Writes Texas Body Cam Bill

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DALLAS — Seems like cops have been under the gun like never before.  Questions about what really happened in Missouri, New York and Ohio are still being raised in rallies all over the country.

“Needless to say, we’ve had our share of problems in the State of Texas,” Senator Royce West said at a press conference Wednesday.

That’s why this senator wrote Senate Bill 158 to get body cams on all law enforcement officers in the Lone Star State and release the funds to do so.

“It proposes funding for the purchase of body cameras and develops a statewide policy on the use of body worn cameras and protect the privacy rights of victims and witnesses of crimes,” he added.

The bill also requires cops to go through additional training.   Fort Worth Police Department has the second most body cams in use in the U.S. and officers from surrounding areas came out to support the bill.

Fort Worth PD has the second most body cams in use in the U.S. and officers from surrounding areas came out to support the bill.

“We’re looking to work with the Senator to help craft a better policy if there is one out there, and help us do what we do better,” DeSoto Police Chief Joseph Costa said.

“99% are doing a great job. We know that we have officers we need to hold more accountable than others,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. "Cameras can’t substitute for relationships.”

Right now, DPD is hoping to order about 200 early next year. They’ve been testing out different types of cameras in the field.

“And I was joking with our staff, we want to make sure we don’t buy the Beta body camera versus the VHS one,” Brown added.