I-Team: Cleveland beginning new test of cameras for police cars

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned Cleveland is beginning a second test of cameras in police cars.

Activists and even some city officials have demanded “dash cams” for years, especially since many other police departments have been using them for a very long time. And, the I TEAM has shown you, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty sent a letter to the city offering to pay for the cameras as far back as 2014.

In January, the mayor’s office told us, the city had started a pilot program. Now, the city says it is beginning a second phase of testing of cameras with 30 Cleveland police cars assigned throughout the city.

City spokesman Dan Ball wrote in an email, “The City will test the upgrade changes that Taser has made to its Axon Signal product to determine if this is the right technology to move forward with related to In-Car Dash Cameras for the Division of Police.”

The city says it expects to get cameras in its police cars for good beginning in September.

Cleveland first moved ahead with getting body cameras for officers to wear. Officials have argued the body cameras can be more effective since they record wherever an officer goes, while a car camera cannot see anything inside buildings or, say, in backyards.