Here’s what skeptics of Denver Police’s new contract for body camera technology and Tasers are watching for

The Denver Gazette: Two weeks ago, a day before the independent monitor released a report about Denver Police’s responses to the George Floyd protests that found gaping holes in officers’ activation of body cameras and incidents of using less-lethal weapons that didn’t comply with some of DPD’s policies, Denver’s City Council approved a nearly $16 million, five-year expansion of the police department’s contract with Axon Enterprise for body cameras, Tasers, and related equipment, software and data storage.

The contract received City Council’s approval with 11 “yes” votes.

But skeptics remain worried sophisticated new technology doesn’t go far enough to fix systemic issues with how police handle encounters with the public, especially with sweeping new requirements for police conduct codified in the accountability bill signed into law in June. 

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