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Watch: Anne Arundel executive, police chief discuss body cameras

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Police Chief Awad Amal discussed progress toward fielding body-worn cameras in an online town hall Tuesday night.

Pittman, talking about the meeting during a news media briefing Tuesday morning, said the meeting was generated in response to emails from more than 300 young people who asked the county to move forward on the program and discuss it openly with the public. He said that was the goal of the meeting.

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“How we can improve transparency and trust between community and police,” he said.

Pittman introduced $1.8 million in funding for the program in June as part of a supplemental budget for this fiscal year. It was in response to calls from community leaders and advocates in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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The discussion focused on practices and policies for the program, including how individuals should react with police.

Annapolis already has a body camera program, and the county remains one of the largest jurisdictions in the state without one.

For additional information on the program, visit aacounty.org/body-worn-cameras

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