This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. In the year since the incident, there has been a call nationwide for more transparency when it comes to police activity. In Alton, the police chief believes transparency is an important part of what they do, as cameras and microphones are already widely used.
Police Chief Jason Simmons tells The Big Z outfitting his officers with body cameras comes with a $50,000 price tag, but the most expensive part of the proposition is the storage of the footage.
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He says Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) was behind a bill that would set up a state grant that pay for many of the body cameras, but included no money for storage of the video.