Body cams on Detroit cops: A great idea but who pays for it?

Some Detroit lawmakers are pushing an effort to place body cameras on police officers but while the idea may be good, the money may not be there.

In the wake of the events last summer in Ferguson, body cameras on cops isn't anything new. 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants to put body cameras on city officers and Gov. Rick Snyder is willing to do a pilot program. They've got support from some Detroit area lawmakers who are eager to get this done.

One of those is Sen. Bert Johnson. The Highland Park Democrat said cameras are a great idea.

"There's evidence suggesting that body cameras would lessen the incidents of police brutality and really exonerate a lot of police officers," Johnson said.

National events in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere have accelerated the debate over body cameras on cops. Rep. Fred Durhall III, is believes a lot of neighborhoods in Detroit want them.

"A lot of problems we've had, particularly in the last couple years, dealing with a lot of deaths and shootings from police officers were questionable. I think it's really good for the community, I think it provides safety for the officers as well," Durhall said.

Who pays for it? The concept may be a good idea but some are advising the mayor to get the money from the White House. 

Sen. Rick Jones says Michigan doesn't have the funds. He's not alone. The GOP chair of the house budget committee reports the money is not there.

Durhall isn't giving up. He thinks we can shift some money around in the budget to make it happen while a budget chair is telling local governments like Detroit not to get their hopes up.

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