Michael Brown's family pushes for Missouri body camera bill

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Posted: Feb 17, 2016 2:37 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's family is urging Missouri lawmakers to overcome politics and pass a law requiring police to wear body cameras.

Brown's mother told a Senate panel Wednesday that body cameras are only one piece of police reform, but would help restore trust. A body cameras proposal failed last year.

The bill would require police in Missouri's largest cities to record all official interactions. Departments would store the footage for two years, and the public would have access to it as they do incident reports.

No law enforcement representatives testified. Nobody spoke against the bill.

Brown's fatal shooting by a white police officer in 2014 set off weeks of unrest in Ferguson. Lawmakers didn't pass any bills last year addressing body cameras or when police can use deadly force.