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BPD begin Body Camera Test Run

Program Unveiled at St. Patrick's Day Parade

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(WBEN) After talking about the issue for years, Buffalo Police are beginning a pilot program for Body Cameras this week.

"The pilot project started today," said Capt. Joseph Gramaglia (pictured above) speaking  at yesterday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

Gramaglia says the department will release more details about the camera use later this week.  

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Mayor Byron Brown said in July the department planned to test 20 body cameras for three months before expanding to about 550.

The police units that come in contact with members of the community the most will test the cameras first. Brown says he wants to test the effectiveness of the cameras during the trial run.

Niagara Falls, West Seneca and the NFTA police are among several departments in greater Buffalo that have been using the cameras for years, but Buffalo's effort is fairly new. 

 Pressure to begin a program in Buffalo began after the fatal police shooting of  suspect Jose Hernandez-Rossy in May, after an officer mistakenly thought Hernandez-Rossy was armed and had shot his partner.

 "The shooting of Mr. Hernandez Rossy was the result of a calamitous  confluence of events....., Mr. Hernandez Rossy had not been armed  and, although PO (Joseph)  Acquino was seriously injured during the struggle, he  had not been shot," a recent report on the incident from NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman concluded.

Buffalo is the second major police department to launch a test program of the cameras this past year. The Erie County Sheriff's pilot program for Axon body cameras began in October


 

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