Appeals court ruling paves way for Austin police body cameras
Chief litigant in lawsuit blocking city purchase no longer in picture.
An appellate court ruling Friday paved the way for Austin to move forward with a police body camera program that has been held up since last year.
The ruling from Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals essentially tossed the chief litigant from a lawsuit that had blocked the city from moving forward with a contract to buy cameras for the Austin Police Department from Taser International. Utility Associates, which also vied for the contract but finished second, had accused the city of tailoring its bidding process to give Taser an unfair advantage.
The Austin City Council in June approved a $12 million contract with Taser to outfit nearly all of Austin’s patrol officers with body cameras. But city officials on Friday said they will probably move forward with an agreement to purchase body cameras for $4 million to take advantage of a $750,000 grant that will disappear if no cameras are purchased by September.
“We are pleased with the appellate court’s decision,” the city said