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Police say wearing tiny video cameras while in the line of duty protects them and citizens
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ' Before hitting the streets, Oakland police officer Huy Nuygen's routinely goes something like this:
Gun ready? Check. Bulletproof vest strapped? Check.
Body camera secured? Check.
Oakland and hundreds of other police departments across the country are equipping officers with tiny body cameras to record anything from a traffic stop to a hot vehicle pursuit to an unfolding violent crime. The mini cameras have even spawned a new cable reality TV series, Police POV, which uses police video from Cincinnati, Chattanooga and Fort Smith, Ark.
Whether attached to shirt lapels or small headsets, the cameras are intended to provide more transparency and security to officers on the street and to reduce the number of misconduct complaints and potential lawsuits.
Said Nuygen, "It feels uncomfortable when I don't have it."