Volunteers lacking for Boston police body camera program

BOSTON (AP) - As a rollout date looms for a plan to equip 100 Boston police officers with body cameras, not a single officer has volunteered. That’s prompted Boston’s police commissioner to warn that he may have to force officers to wear them.

Civil rights advocates had praised the plan as a step toward great accountability amid a national outcry over police killings of black men in other cities.

But less than three weeks before the program is expected to begin, Commissioner William Evans acknowledged that it’s been a “hard sell” to officers.

Officials said last month that the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association had agreed to the six-month pilot program.

Activists in Boston have called for police body cameras for two years, since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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