ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A push by a state senator to get body cameras in St. Louis takes a major step forward.
Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed personally delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the city Election Board to try and get a measure on November’s ballot for police body cameras. Nasheed says she’s been working for this ever since Michael Brown’s death in 2014.
The measure would save a million dollars a year by abolishing the Recorder of Deeds office and placing it under the role of the City Assessor. More than 40 jobs could be affected, but Nasheed says it’s worth it.
“It’s one thing to look at the jobs and see who would loose jobs,” Nasheed says. “But we have a very, very serious problem in the St. Louis area. We have a murder rate of approximately 46 percent that’s being unsolved.”
Meanwhile, the elected Recorder of Deeds is raising questions about the petition drive to do away with her office.
Sharon Carpenter says the plan would mean longer lines and slower customer service the next time you need a marriage license, mortgage deed, or other
documents. She also questions the public safety pitch for “police body cameras,” saying even if they cut enough staff to save a million dollars, it wouldn’t be enough.
She says it would take $1.5 million to buy the cameras, $2 million to store the footage and more than that to hire people to study the video tapes. Carepnter says the petition was misleading, many were told about the body cams, but not about the plan to eliminate the elected Recorder of Deeds position.
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