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Kenosha delayed body cameras for years before Blake shooting

Posted at 8:41 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 09:41:03-04

KENOSHA — Officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have put off implementing body cameras for police officers, even though leaders unanimously endorsed them more than three years ago as a way to increase police accountability and collect evidence at scenes of domestic violence.

The delays meant that officers who were on the scene of Sunday night’s shooting of Jacob Blake were not equipped with technology that could give their perspective on the shooting.

Instead, the public has only seen video captured by a neighbor that shows an officer shooting Blake in the back several times as the 29-year-old unarmed Black man tried to get into a vehicle with his children.

Blake's father says his son was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was told his son was shot eight times during the Sunday evening confrontation with police.

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