Dashcams are out, bodycams in at CMPD

-THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, SEPT. 5, 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department plans to phase out patrol-car cameras similar to the device that recorded the fatal 2013 encounter between Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick and Jonathan Ferrell.

In an interview, new police chief Kerr Putney said dashcams, purchased in 2009, are obsolete. The manufacturer no longer sells the system, and finding replacement parts for repairs is difficult. New dashcams would cost more than $5 million. <Read More>