Gov. Baker: Police body cameras raise privacy concerns
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker remains unsold on the idea of body cameras for police in Massachusetts.
The MetroWest Daily News (http://bit.ly/1QhQKjR ) reports that Baker believes the concept, intended to increase transparency in law enforcement, raises privacy concerns and what he calls “collateral issues.”
Calls for police to wear recording devices have intensified around the country after the deaths of several black men at the hands of police.
Baker says he hopes to learn from small-scale demonstrations in the state before police departments adopt the technology.
Baker says he would like to increase funding for in-service training, particularly for police in urban areas to learn how to build stronger relationships with citizens.
Baker also said Massachusetts benefits from having a more highly-educated police force.
Information from: MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.), http://www.metrowestdailynews.com