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Some question new Raleigh police body-cam policy of plenty video, no audio

Julian Grace, WRAL anchor/reporterMay 15, 2019

A new Raleigh Police Department policy for officers’ body-worn cameras following a recent fatal shooting in which an officer never turned his camera on is quickly meeting with criticism.

Officer W.B. Edwards shot and killed Soheil Antonio Mojarrad at an east Raleigh shopping center on April 20, but his body camera wasn’t on at the time of the shooting. The department’s former policy gave officers some discretion when activating their cameras.

Less than a week after the shooting, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown mandated a change in the policy so that body cameras would always be recording video without audio, even if an officer doesn’t manually activate it.

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