Boston Police to conduct pilot body camera program

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is asking the state to hold off on passing a bill requiring police body camera. 

At the State House on Thursday, Commissioner Evans explained he and Mayor Marty Walsh want to conduct a pilot program before they decide to use the cameras on a permanent basis. 

The program starts in May and 100 patrol officers will wear the body cameras for six months. 

"While I support legislation that would lend much-needed support and incentives to the police department to implement body cameras, I ask that the police department be given time to implement this program and analyze it before an unfunded, statewide mandate is adopted," Evans said. 

The Commissioner said he and Mayor Walsh need to consider the cost, personal privacy of citizens and potential discovery issues. 

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