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Sacramento To Buy Body Cameras For Officers After The Fatal Shooting Of A Mentally Ill Man

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The City of Sacramento has responded to a call for action by a community group in light of a recent fatal police shooting of a mentally ill black man.

The group Law Enforcement Accountability Directive or "LEAD" asked the City to address a dozen points in an August letter.

In the letter, the group asks for a public accounting of 11 items that include body camera purchases, the percent of officers residing in the city, and the amount of available training for Sacramento Police officers.

In response, City Manager John Shirey says the department completed its testing of body cameras on Oct. 4 and will begin buying about a million and a half dollars worth of cameras for officers.

As for the topic of officers living in the city, Shirey says 14 percent of the 654 officers do so.

The Sacramento Police Department says it offers more training than any other local agency.

Shirey also says the city council may approve funding next year to evaluate the data collected by the Vehicle Stop Data Form. The form LEAD sent the letter asking for policy reviews after cell phone video failed to corroborate the stories of two Sacramento Police Officers. They shot and killed Joseph Mann in Del Paso Heights in July.

Sacramento City's Response to LEAD by Capital Public Radio on Scribd

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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