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Law enforcement officers have come under pressure over the past few months to rethink how they use deadly force, as a result of the string of videos of shootings by police.

But recently, police have been talking about another video — one that shows an officer not shooting.

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Public access to footage from police cameras in Missouri would be restricted under a measure moving forward in the Legislature.

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure that would exempt such footage from the state's open-records laws.

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The Boonville police officers are now using body cameras. Last week, the police department received 20 body cameras for its full-time police officers. The department received a grant to purchase 7 cameras while the city paid for the rest. Each body camera costs $738. Boonville Detective Randall Ayers said the cameras have only had minor software glitches so far. He said the new body cameras will benefit the police department.

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  St. Charles County officials are putting off the purchase of body cameras for police until state lawmakers clarify what images captured by the cameras would have to be made available to the public. 

It's a gray afternoon in Columbia, Mo., and Officer Cory Dawkins is escorting a man to jail — the suspect is charged with endangering a child. Dawkins pushes a button on his body camera to start recording, then exits his patrol car and walks the suspect inside the jailhouse.

The officer signs papers, talks shop with the guards, and returns to his vehicle.

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Last year Assistant Chief John Gordon of the Columbia Police Department assembled a panel of officers. Their aim was to research cameras that could be worn by all of the officers in the department.

The panel "ranged in years of experience, obviously we had males and females on the panel and then we also had different heights," Gordon said.

"When you wear a body worn camera you wouldn't think about it but height has an element to it because of the way the lens works on the camera,” he added.


Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.

Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. City leaders and residents say one way to do that might be to equip police with personal video cameras.

"All the cops have to have body cameras and dashboard cameras," says resident Alonzo Bond, "so everybody can be accountable."

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The Columbia Police Department plans to outfit all of its uniformed officers with body cameras.