Metro Police expected to receive body cameras in Spring 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
A slow multi-million dollar bidding process is partly to blame for the delay of body cameras being issue to Metro Police Officers, according to Chief Steve Anderson.
“If this were a private company, and if I were the president, I would've called the staff in," Anderson said. "I've got a great IT staff, and I would say I want to know within one month what is the best cameras that we can buy, what are the best programs, and how can we best store if, but this is the government."
Anderson said the purchasing of body cameras is handled by the Department of Finance. The price tag for body cameras, an estimated $15 million, is in the bidding process to make sure Metro Government gets a good deal.
Authorities said a pilot program involving 20 inexpensive body cameras has allowed police to work out wrinkles that could delay implementation.
But, some community leaders are growing weary of excuses. The ACLU of Tennessee recently spoke out about the issue.
"Our communities require and deserve strong, consistent mechanisms to provide accountability, so that officers are held accountable when they violate laws, policies and community trust, trans-formative changes in policing are critical," the ACLU released in a statement.
State Representative Harold Love Jr. who stood behind Nashville Mayor Briley Wednesday at a news conference also issued a statement saying, "It is time for the mayor to take a top-down approach within MNPD."
The uproar comes after a graphic video was released showing a Metro Nashville Police officer shooting and killing Daniel Hambrick.