Plan to supply all Arizona DPS officers with body cameras meets some skepticism

Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 17:43:27-05

Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal 2021 budget proposes spending about $5 million to provide body cameras to all sworn personnel in the Arizona Department of Public Safety, but some critics of police use of deadly force worry the cameras will be used to protect officers more than the public.

The request came after a deadly encounter in December 2019 in which Trooper Hugh Grant shot a man in Tempe, according to an email statement from Ben Peterson, Ducey’s deputy director of communications.

Ducey also pushed a pro-law enforcement message in his State of the State Address.

“These are the good guys, and we should do everything in our power to protect them,” the governor said. “That’s why our budget includes funding to finally put body cameras on every state trooper.”

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