St. Louis Police body camera proposal would dismantle the City Recorder of Deeds

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A controversial proposal to put body cameras on St. Louis city police officers is closer to getting on the ballot. State Senator Jamilah Nasheed turned in more than 44,000 signatures today to the St. Louis City Election Board to get the measure before voters.

Nasheed, a Democrat, is teaming up with conservative money man Rex Sinquefield in this effort. If approved, the measure would dismantle the City Recorder of Deeds Office to free up one million dollars a year to buy and maintain the cameras.

Nasheed says the time for cameras is now. "Police officers will think twice about what they do when they`re interacting with the citizens once they pull them over and I think the citizens when they are interacting with the police they will be on their best behavior."

Election workers have ten days to certify the signatures. If there are enough, the measure goes to the board of alderman.

Depending on how quickly they act, it would either go on the November or April ballot. Sharon Quigley Carpenter, the City Recorder of Deeds, declined comment until the signatures are certified.