Md. County May Be Changing Body Cam Policy After Man Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Officer

“If this officer, working part time, had a camera on him at the time, hopefully, that would have backed up his version as well.”

The Associated Press surveyed major cities across the country and found most do not require cameras for moonlighting officers, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and LA.

Only six cities, including Charlotte, San Francisco, and Houston do. Advocates for cameras say an officer working security in uniform, even off-duty represents the department.

However, those opposed sight cost and logistics. Those are all things Kamenetz is considering.

“I’m hopeful that we can get those issues resolved, set up a specific policy that’s very clear,” he says.

For Justin Clapp, a body camera could have provided the closure he’s desperately seeking in his brother’s death.

“It’s hard to know what to believe right now. I’m still grieving the death of my brother,” he says.

There is surveillance video from the grocery store showing Christopher Clapp’s shooting. Kamenetz says he believes it backs up what the officer said is his version of events. However, the State’s Attorney will make the final call on whether the shooting was justified or not.

The County Executive did not have a firm timeline for mandating uniformed off-duty officers wear body cameras, but he says the new policy could be in place early next year.


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