Body Cameras

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February 19, 2019 - 10:07 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union's argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law...
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Mike Baggerman
February 13, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard told WBEN that his office is still entertaining the idea of issuing body-worn cameras in the future. "The topic remains open," Howard told WBEN at an event in Geneseo recently. "We have had some recent inquiries about the expense of the use of...
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Mike Baggerman
January 02, 2019 - 12:42 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The City of Buffalo Police Department unveiled its official body camera program policy for its officers on Wednesday afternoon. Select members of the department began the use of the body cameras at the start of the month, with the entire force expected to have the body...
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Buffalo residents weigh in on the police department's upcoming use of body cameras. December 5, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
December 05, 2018 - 9:19 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Wednesday’s public forum at the Merriweather Library in the City of Buffalo highlighted the pros and cons of the Buffalo Police Department’s upcoming use of body-worn cameras. The forum, which was attended by about two dozen members of the Buffalo community, provided a...
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Mike Baggerman
December 05, 2018 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - With Buffalo Police planning to roll out its body cameras program to its officers early next year, Wednesday night is your chance to weigh in on how the department will use body cameras from here on out. "We would love to hear from as many residents as possible on this,"...
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Mike Baggerman
November 26, 2018 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – The Buffalo Police Department are only a few weeks away from the official launch of its body cameras program. The department, which ran a pilot program that conclude in September, is still reviewing which vendor they plan to go with. Recently, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition...
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Mike Baggerman
October 12, 2017 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie County Sheriff's pilot program for Axon body cameras begins on Thursday. Erie County Sheriff's Public Information's Officer Scott Zylka told WBEN on Thursday that the study of body cameras began in February. "On the surface it seems very easy to slap (the cameras on...
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WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman
Mike Baggerman
October 11, 2017 - 1:20 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie County Sheriff's Department will begin a 60-90 day trial run of body cameras on Thursday. Twelve sheriff's deputies in various substations and districts volunteered to be part of this test. "We stood back and waited to see how this was received," Erie County Sheriff...
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Mike Baggerman
May 11, 2017 - 4:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - As the investigation continues into the fatal shooting in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood, authorities won’t have the option to use police camera footage because it doesn't’t exist. Body cameras haven’t been implemented yet because of cost concerns and Buffalo police...
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