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Springfield City Council approves police body cameras

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield city council has approved a proposal calling for local police officers to wear body cameras.

Council voted 10-0 in support of the measure Monday.

Councilor Orlando Ramos’ initial proposal endorsed body cameras over vehicle-mounted cameras. But Councilor Kenneth Shea suggested an amendment expressing support for both. The amendment also won approval on a 10-0 vote.

A prior city proposal to mount cameras in cruisers led to a police contract impasse in 2013. A committee of city and police union officials began reviewing the issue last year.

Ramos says the vote ‘‘is a win-win for law enforcement, for the citizens and for the city.’’


Ramos’ proposal called for federal funds to be used to acquire body cameras if the city and police unions approve their use.