The Denver Post: By July 1, 2023, police officers across Colorado must be outfitted with body-worn cameras to capture their interactions. To make that happen, law enforcement agencies claim, they need more money.
They’ll likely see an extra $6 million in funding thanks to the only former sheriff in the Colorado Legislature, GOP Sen. John Cooke of Weld County. He asked and was successful in doubling the initial $3 million that state budget writers had set aside for body cameras in the 2021-22 budget.
The camera mandate was written into last year’s historic policing legislation, SB20-217, which passed amid local and nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and systemic racism in general. That bill, which also required the prompt release of body camera footage, did not fund implementation of the mandate for local departments.
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