2 important issues on Detroit City Council agenda Tuesday
DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit City Council members are expected to discuss two important issues Tuesday: equipping police officers with body cameras and municipal ID cards.
The body cameras would be on the officers' uniforms, and new cameras would go in the patrol cars, too. Each precinct would get 30 body cameras and 20 vehicle cameras. It's a $5.2 million contract by a Texas-based company by WatchGuard Video. They outfit a third of the nation's systems.
The Detroit Police Department has said in the past that these new cameras would increase transparency, and the chief is hoping the council will say yes to the proposal.
The other measure has to do with giving a municipal ID card to everyone in the city of Detroit. Some council members say these municipal ID cards will help those in the homeless community get basic rights and services, and also give them a sense of identity.
The card could possibly be used at banks, libraries, city service providers and possibly even for voting. Immigrants who struggle to obtain a government-issued photo ID might be able to obtain one, too.
Council begins their meeting at 10 a.m. Stay with FOX 2 for updates to this developing story.
UPDATE 12:20 PM: Both measures have been passed. You can read more about that here.