Legislation co-introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) on Thursday would establish a $100 million federal grant program to help police departments buy body cameras for officers.
The proposed "Safer Officers and Safer Citizens Act of 2015" would provide as much as $100 million annually in grants for police body cameras to law enforcement departments. Grantees would have to provide a 25 percent match.
"This is a common sense solution to bring more accountability and transparency to our criminal justice system. Studies have shown that the use of body cameras not only provides a more accurate record of events, but also leads to less use of force," Foster said in a statement. "As many have said, justice delayed is justice denied. Arming our police force with body cameras will go a long way to ensure justice is served swiftly, both for citizens and the officers assigned to protect us."
Foster introduced the legislation with U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA,44). Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate in July by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).