Missouri House panel questions privacy in body camera bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Democratic proposal made in response to the fatal police shooting in Ferguson that would require mandatory body cameras for Missouri police is facing a Republican roadblock.
GOP House committee members questioned funding mechanisms and privacy protections during a hearing Monday.
But Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington, of Kansas City, says recording police interactions would protect law enforcement and citizens.
Ellington says he was once arrested after a fight with an officer and charges were dropped only because of video from a store camera.
Body cameras have been one proposed response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson by a white police officer.
Ellington says he introduced the measure last year before the shooting. He said video would have answered questions about Brown’s death.