Po­lice chief tells coun­cil body cam­eras for o∞cers are too ex­pen­sive to add now

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Greeley Po­lice Chief Jerry Gar­ner told City Coun­cil mem­bers this week it’s too ex­pen­sive to jus­tify adding po­lice body cam­eras with­out com­mu­nity de­mand.

Af­ter study­ing the is­sue for years and launch­ing a small pi­lot pro­gram in 2016, Gar­ner con­cluded the cam­eras might be good for Greeley one day, but not to­day.

“It’s a so­lu­tion look­ing for a prob­lem,” said Coun­cil­man Randy Sleight. “We’re not L.A. We’re not New York. We’re not Fer­gu­son.”

But Coun­cil Mem­ber Rochelle Galindo dis­sented, say­ing there is a com­mu­nity push for body cam­eras. A group named Po­lice Ac­count­abil­ity Weld County has asked for them.

Greeley po­lice have been in­volved in eight fa­tal of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ings since 2014, all deemed jus­ti­fied. Gar­ner said body cam­eras would not have made a dif­fer­ence: “The facts of the sit­u­a­tion wouldn’t change.”

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