Columbus mayor forms 9-member police body camera committee


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has appointed a nine-member committee to oversee the city Police Department’s distribution of 1,800 body cameras to officers by the end of 2016.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the committee will make recommendations on how, when and where officers will use the cameras as well as what video will become public records.

Officials say all committee meetings will be open to the public.

Coleman is asking the committee to produce a plan that is “fiscally feasible and protective of citizen and police privacy.”

City Council President Andrew Ginther says the committee will likely report back by the end of the year.

The city estimates it will cost $7 million to $10 million to buy the equipment as well as store and maintain the captured footage.

Tuesday, the Dayton Police commented on a study they’ve recently conducted that showed the community supports body worn cameras for the police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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