Arvada police didn’t see need for body cameras. But they could have helped show what happened in Olde Town.

The Denver Post:

Seven years ago, the city of Arvada commissioned a study to examine whether the police department should equip its officers with body-worn cameras.

Law enforcement agencies around the country were moving quickly in response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, surrounding the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man. President Barack Obama even set aside $75 million to outfit officers across the nation with cameras — a piece of equipment that reformers said would increase police transparency.

Colorado agencies began falling into line. The Boulder Police Department in 2014 put cameras on its officers. Denver followed suit three years later. By 2021, all but three of Colorado’s 20 largest law enforcement agencies had body-worn camera programs.

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