Body camera debate reignites after Ohio officer charged with murder of motorist during traffic stop

What if there were no police body cameras? That question is making the rounds online and on the streets.

“If they are not wearing a body camera, you only might get one side of the story,” said Vienna Maglio.

“I think there's a much deeper answer that's not going to be solved by any sort of technology, which is that humans are broken and there's always going to be a clash between someone who is potentially doing wrong and someone who is making assumptions,” said Melissa Neuman.

“The solution would be the behavior, but they have laws against murder but people still murder,” said Charles Morgan.

After body camera video showed University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing fatally shooting Samuel Debose, there are more questions about confrontations between law enforcement and minorities.

The exchange also reignited debate about police wearing body cameras.

“We want to protect ourselves too from being falsely accused, and as we have seen in some of those cases around the country, what the people said initially is not what how it turned out to be, so everybody wants to have the truth,” said Prince William County spokesperson First Sgt. Kim Chinn.

She said it could be up to two years before Prince William County police are equipped with the new technology.

“First of all, it's very expensive, and years ago, we looked at dash cameras because that's what was in,” said Chinn. “It's just too expensive for many departments to do this, and now because of some of the things that are going on around the country, we have to look at it and consider it.”

However, there is no rush. In Prince William County, nearly 700 police officers would have to be trained and more.

“They have to be issued the technology, there has to be back up technology,” Chinn said. “If the camera breaks, gets lost, things are going to go bad, so it is really a huge project.”

For some police departments, the delay to buy body cameras centers on the cost to implement using the new technology.

In Prince William County, putting body cameras in place on police could cost more than $3 million.

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