Some Newark police officers to begin using body cameras next week

Newark police will soon begin using body cameras. Newark police will soon begin using body cameras.
NEWARK -

Some police officers in Newark will begin using body cameras next week as part of a federal monitoring agreement.

Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said Wednesday that 65 cameras will be used by officers in the city's South Ward beginning Monday. Fifteen patrol cars also will begin using in-vehicle cameras.

The cameras are made by Panasonic. Company officials said the in-vehicle cameras can be automatically activated when an officer turns on the car's flashing lights or siren, which also activates the body-worn camera.

An officer who is not in their vehicle would have to press a button to activate the body-worn camera.

“The cameras themselves, and the fact that the officers are wearing them, should hopefully instill trust in the community members that the events are being depicted accurately and honestly,” says Panasonic’s John Cusick. “It brings a lot of clarity to sometimes and otherwise not clear events.”

Newark's police were put under federal oversight last year after an investigation found officers routinely made unconstitutional street stops and used excessive force.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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