U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz was one of three congressmen that introduced the Police Creating Accountability by Making Effective Recording Available (Police CAMERA) Act of 2017 today.
Schatz (D-Hawaii), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced the legislation, which would help state and local law enforcement agencies develop safe and effective body-worn camera programs through a pilot grant program.
“We can’t restore trust between our communities and law enforcement without transparency and accountability,” said Schatz in a statement. “Body cameras alone won’t repair that relationship, but they have proven to be effective and can do a great deal to keep both police officers and community members safe and accountable.”
Original co-sponsors of the bill include U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).