MINNEAPOLIS -- People will have a chance to weigh in on a new police body camera program at a public meeting Tuesday.
It's the last of five scheduled public input sessions on the body camera policy. Now police say they'll add more meetings before the cameras are deployed in May.
Polices say they hope the public input will help shape their policy on how officers use their body cameras.
"There are some in the community who--whether it comes down to the activation time, when those cameras are turned on, when they're turned off--they have expressed their thoughts and ideas about that, as well as retention periods for how long data should be stored," said Deputy Chief Medaria Arradondo with Minneapolis Police. "So we've been getting a lot of great feedback, and we want to continue to get more."
Minneapolis Police released a preliminary draft of their body camera policy on March 1, calling for the recording of most police interactions with civilians. Police say the draft policy will likely change with the help of community input.
City Council approved a $4 million contract in February to buy the body camera equipment.
Police say the body cameras will be rolled out precinct by precinct starting in May. The department hopes to have all patrol officers equipped with body cameras by the end of 2016.
The NAACP is pushing people to go to the body camera meetings to make sure the cameras are used in a way that benefits average citizens, not just police.
"Community demanded cameras for the very fact that a lot of times when MPD does their own investigation, the full truth is not brought out, and there's a lot of internal hand holding--internal divisiveness--to make sure that the community doesn't get the full truth," said Raeisha Williams, the communications chair for the NAACP Minneapolis chapter.
Police Body Cameras Public Input Session:
MARCH 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All Nations Church
1515 East 23rd Street