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“This just reveals the need for body worn cameras” – Peter Simonson

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Body worn cameras have been hailed as an “independent witness” for all parties involved in police confrontations. With the news of another fatal shooting by Albuquerque police, the attention has been turned by Civil Liberties parties to how police use body cameras.

Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Albuquerque division, was sceptical of the claims made by the police officer responsible. He said that the video from Monday’s shooting has not been released, so he could not confirm if the suspect actually pulled out a weapon. But it was highlighted that this would not be the first time police alleged a suspect had a weapon before fatally shooting them.

“We have been told in previous shootings that officers believed the person either drew a weapon or their hand moved towards their waist to draw a weapon and it was later revealed that there was no weapon,” Simonson said.

“This just reveals the need for body-worn cameras.”

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