- The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data reviewed by The Associated Press.
The storage expenses — running into the millions of dollars in some cities — often go overlooked in the debates over using cameras as a way to hold officers accountable and to improve community relations.
Yet those costs can have a significant effect on city and county budgets, and in some cases may force police chiefs to choose between paying officers on the street or paying yearly video storage fees.
In light of Rahm's screeds about no money for the pension, the balloon payment, etc., taking on additional millions in storage and management fees would be highly irresponsible. Unless it was with some brand new fresh start up...a connected start up...a Vanecko-type company formed just this year to handle body camera videos.
Nah, not in Chicago.
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