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May 3, 1991
Regarding placing video cameras in police patrol cars--if you can't beat them, join them. M. PALMATIER Los Angeles
February 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The City Council is set to spend $2 million for clip-on cameras for police officers so that officials can monitor the officers' interactions with the public. The move comes amid two high-profile cases of allegations that on-duty officers abused women.  One officer has been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors and has resigned; a second officer has been suspended and is under investigation, although no charges have yet been filed. The use of video cameras is supported by Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria, City Atty.
October 6, 2009 | Phil Willon
Metrolink engineers are now being recorded by video cameras in all of the commuter rail agency's locomotives. Installation of the cameras comes in response to the deadly 2008 rail crash in Chatsworth that apparently involved a distracted engineer. "Metrolink becomes the first rail system in the entire nation, passenger or freight, to install and operate these cameras," Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse said at a morning news conference Monday at the agency's maintenance facility near Elysian Park.
December 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A young sea eagle stole a wildlife camera in Western Australia seven months ago and flew it nearly 70 miles away, where rangers recently found the purloined video recorder with snippets of outback scenery and a "selfie" of the feathered delinquent. The motion-sensor camera had been set up on the banks of the Margaret River in the Kimberley area in May, intended to record freshwater crocodiles lured to the lens by food left in the vicinity, the Australian Broadcasting Co. reported Monday.
October 5, 1986
In the aftermath of the Labor Day riot at Huntington Beach, police have been toying with the idea of setting up video cameras at points along the shoreline to watch beach crowds routinely--just in case something happens. The idea should be scrapped before it goes any further. It is taking the use of cameras dangerously beyond reasonable bounds to invade the privacy of innocent people in their daily activities.
January 4, 1993 | JON NALICK
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in court a videotape is worth a lot more than that, Orange County sheriff's officials say. Six months ago, the Sheriff's Department decided to install video recorders in its entire patrol fleet, becoming one of the first law enforcement agencies in the nation to do so. Most of the cars have now been outfitted with the cameras, and so far the program is being hailed as a powerful tool in both the courtroom and out in the field.
March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The Police Commission agreed Tuesday to a one-week delay in a plan to select IBM to install video cameras in 300 patrol cars. Another bidder, Panasonic, questioned whether there were hidden costs in its competitor's proposal. The bidding rules require the Police Department to hold a hearing on the protest by Tuesday, when the contract proposal will be back before the commission.
May 30, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
City police squad cars soon may be equipped with video cameras to document arrests involving drunk driving, speeding and other crimes. The City Council on Tuesday will consider spending $104,764 in state grant money to buy video cameras for 14 patrol vehicles. The cameras would help to improve officer safety, reduce police liability and provide documentation for court cases, said Matt Reynolds, a Police Department spokesman.
March 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Police Department could save $3 million annually by installing video cameras in every police car to record civilian contacts instead of having officers write and read field data reports, Police Chief William J. Bratton said in a report Friday. In arguing that such cameras are cost-effective, Bratton said they would also make it easier to resolve complaints of officer misconduct and would cut down on investigative costs. The city has applied for a grant to install the cameras.
October 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The gunmen appear calm, almost nonchalant as they saunter through a Kenyan shopping mall firing automatic rifles. Terrified shoppers dive for cover as bullets streak by. Security camera video obtained by CNN from the Westgate mall in Nairobi provides chilling new details of the attack last month that claimed the lives of at least 67 civilians and soldiers and injured many more. During hours of video from the first day of a four-day siege, only four attackers are seen, all of them men, CNN reported . PHOTOS: Westgate mall attack A man lying in a pool of blood attempts to crawl to safety.
October 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An LAPD officer was charged this week with assault under color of authority for kicking a handcuffed woman, who later died, in the groin during an arrest last year in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County district attorney charged LAPD Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 48, on Wednesday in connection with the July 22, 2012, incident that ended with the death of Alesia Thomas. O'Callaghan was one of several officers sent to Thomas' home in the 9100 block of South Broadway Avenue to investigate after she abandoned her children at a South L.A. police station.
October 1, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Since joining the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, Steve Soboroff has been making calls to some of the city's deepest pockets, asking them to pony up the $1 million he says he needs to jump-start an ambitious project: outfitting LAPD officers with small video cameras that would record their encounters with people. His unorthodox approach to fundraising for the Los Angeles Police Department has paid dividends and got its latest boost Tuesday when the Dodgers and members of the team's ownership group announced a $250,000 donation to the effort.
September 10, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Steve Soboroff did not wait long before making his presence felt in the Los Angeles Police Department. About 2 1/2 minutes into his opening remarks after he joined the city's Police Commission and was elected as its president, Soboroff called bluntly for the department to outfit officers with small video cameras that attach to their uniforms and would record potentially controversial encounters. The technology, he said, needed to be in place "soon. " And, by that, he said, "I mean within 18 months, not 18 years.
July 22, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
In an effort to reduce crime, the city of Huntington Beach will soon record visitors in the downtown area. The City Council recently voted to allow police to purchase and install a surveillance system, according to a report in the Huntington Beach Independent . The action made by council members would allow the police department to reallocate $150,000 from within its budget to pay for and install these cameras. "This is a public safety action that is necessary," Councilman Joe Shaw said.
July 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Watching the George Zimmerman murder trial on TV is like being caught in a match of emotional ping pong as you try to anticipate what the jury is thinking: If the detective says Zimmerman never changed his story, does that make his claim of self-defense more believable? If, on the night he put a bullet through Trayvon Martin's heart, Zimmerman is heard telling a police operator, “These ... always get away,” does that demonstrate the ill will, hatred or spite required for a second-degree murder conviction?
April 26, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
More than 25 pro baseball scouts are crowded around the bullpen at Westlake Village Oaks Christian to catch a glimpse of senior right-hander Phil Bickford warming up. Some are holding stopwatches; others are carrying video cameras. It's an all-out study session that will repeat itself each time Bickford steps on the mound. Whether he smiles or frowns, whether he winks or sighs, every reaction is being watched and evaluated. The reason: Bickford has put himself in position to be a possible first-round pick in the June amateur draft.
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