New York Legislator Wants Mini-Cameras on Police Handguns

A New York senator who is a former New York City police officer is pushing to put mini-cameras on police handguns to help sort out contested police shootings such as those in the cases of Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo.

Sen. Eric Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat, is drumming up support for the cameras that would cost $695 each. He said New York would be the first to mandate the cameras.

The camera would follow the gun barrel's movement and include a laser pointer and a light.

The camera and lights would start just over a second after a handgun is pulled from a holster. A police officer could turn off the lights, but the camera and optional audio recording would continue.

The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association had no immediate comment.

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