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Professor Says Use Of Body Cameras Is Expanding Fast

Ryan Johnson
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

In recent years, a series of controversial police-involved shootings have led to calls for greater police accountability through the use of body cameras.

Associated Professor of Law  Seth Stoughton is an expert on the use of police-worn body cameras.

He gave a presentation to the North Florida State Attorney’s office on their use, looking at when body cameras are the most and least effective.

Stoughton said the cameras are catching on within police agencies nationwide.

“We’ve had cameras for a while, we’ve had dash cameras, in-car systems since the late 80’s. But that took almost 20 years to get agencies using them. Body cameras, in contrast, have just exploded.”

Stoughton’s talk about body cameras comes just as the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office begins rolling out the new technology for some local officers in the field.

You can listen to the full interview with Stoughton on today’s First Coast Connect podcast.

Melissa Ross can be reached at, 904-358-6382 or on Twitter at @MelissainJax.

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.