County commissioners approved the purchase of new voting machines, authorized the sheriff’s office to negotiate for body cameras, and more Tuesday.
Bexar County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow the sheriff’s department to test the body camera technology of two companies.
Commissioners voted Tuesday to start from scratch the process of selecting a company to provide sheriffs deputies with body and in-car cameras.
Bexar County Commissioners delayed a vote Tuesday on a new service contract for a body camera system for the Sheriff’s department.
Law enforcement units across the country – including the San Antonio Police Department – have begun investing in body camera technology in an effort to hold police officers and suspects accountable, in response to the increased number of police brutality accusations and shootings recorded by civilians. City officials hope to see increased transparency and improved relations between SAPD officers and citizens as the body cameras are deployed to patrol units throughout the city.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus broke his silence on the 2014 fatal shooting of Marquise Jones during a tense City Council B session Wednesday, saying the off-duty police officer who shot Jones was not at fault.
Jones, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed by SAPD officer Robert Encina in the drive-thru of Chacho’s and Chalucci’s on the city’s near-Northeast side.
The City of San Antonio, with help from a $1 million federal grant, will start outfitting its police officers and sergeants with 2,200 body cameras this year, starting with 251 cameras for park police and downtown bike and foot patrol units by late November.
City officials are praising the San Antonio Police Department’s emphasis on body cameras and community policing in the 2016 fiscal year budget, set for approval Thursday by City Council.
City officials are already working on the 2016 budget, which makes more sense when you consider that San Antonio’s next fiscal year runs from Oct.