Indianapolis Police Equipping Officers with Body Cameras

Indianapolis has begun equipping police officers with body cameras. East District officers will be the first to get cameras. IMPD plans to hook up 10 officers a day until the entire force is wired for video by early October, a week or two later than originally scheduled. Police Chief Randal Taylor says the cameras will turn on automatically when an officer arrives at a dispatched call, draws his gun, gets in a fight or a chase, or turns on his lights and siren. Taylor says he plans to release video in controversial incidents like shootings, unless it would interfere with an investigation. Video will upload automatically to a cloud server, where state law requires the department to preserve it for at least six months. If there’s legal action in that time, it’ll be preserved longer.