A measure requiring police or law-enforcement agencies to set policies if they use body cameras is headed to Governor Rick Scott, after receiving unanimous approval from the Senate on Monday.
The House proposal (HB 93) doesn’t require law-enforcement agencies to use body cameras, but those that do would have to set standards for their use.
Senator Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, said police body cameras have taken a lot of “speculation” out of law enforcement incidents. “This is the culmination of working with many organizations, from law enforcement to civil rights groups,” Smith said.
Smith and Democratic Representative Shevrin Jones of West Park and Alan Williams of Tallahassee have been working on the legislation for two years. The measure, as initially proposed, would have mandated the use of body cameras by law-enforcement agencies.
The Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Police Benevolent Association back the measure, which was unanimously approved by the House last week.
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