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City solicitor calls police body camera bill 'illegal'
City solicitor calls police body camera bill 'illegal'

The Rawlings-Blake administration argued Monday that a proposal to require police officers to wear body cameras is an illegal overreach of the City Council's authority. City Solicitor George Nilson, who reports to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said legislation proposed by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young violates a city charter provision that prohibits lawmakers from interfering with the power of the police commissioner. "The City Council can't issue a legal requirement that the police have to conduct themselves in a specific way," Nilson said. But Young and some other council members disagreed, and one local legal scholar said he was "not...