Prosecutor says police body cameras raise workload
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri prosecutor says the use of body cameras by police officers has created a significant workload crunch on his prosecutors who have to review all of the video.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight asked the county commission this week for an additional $109,000 in his 2015 budget to fund another assistant prosecutor and an office specialist to help move the office toward a paperless, or e-filing, system.
Body cameras are worn by 115 Columbia police officers. Knight says an assistant prosecutor now has to review what could be hours of evidence in some cases, rather than simply reading a one- or two-page report.
Knight says each prosecutor was handling an average of 438 pending cases as of Aug. 25.