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Private donors offer to fund LAPD Body Worn Camera project

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Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said on Tuesday that he has privately raised roughly half the $1 million he says is necessary to equip 1,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers with body worn cameras.

Soboroff said he has promises of $250,000 from media giant Casey Wasserman and an undisclosed sum from DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Soboroff said he hopes the department will adopt the cameras within a year.

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“We don’t want to be a low-tech department in a high-tech world,” Soboroff said. “That technology saves lives and money.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander said the LAPD will report on its findings from testing cameras in 90 days.

“We’re spending tens of millions of dollars on lawsuits and everybody out there has a (cellphone) camera,” Englander said. “This is a great opportunity to set the record straight, to give us extra eyes and ears at a situation.”

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