Quincy leaders: body cameras useful in situations like fatal shooting


Monday night's fatal shooting in Quincy shows that deadly force is sometimes a reality for police officers across the country, including right here in the Tri-States.

It's why civilians and the court system want to see crime scenes with their own eyes through video.

"The easiest way to put it is it collects evidence. It captures what happened from the officers perspective," said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley.

That's why the Quincy Police Department is asking the city for body cameras.

Mike Rein with the 5th Wards says the city has made that purchase possible thanks to a public safety fee added to water customers' bills.

"You got the money there and I assume this is what the police want and I'm assuming this is what the police what so I don't see why we wouldn't quite frankly," said Rein.

Police Chief Rob Copley says the department has been looking into body cameras for a couple of years now. But an important obstacle has prevented that from happening.

"Money. It's expensive venture. That's a big issue and we wanted to make sure we selected the right one," said Chief Copley.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha says body cameras can be extremely helpful in answering questions about fatal shootings such as the one that happened Monday night.

"It would be very much an answer to the naysayers and be very instructive to the public to see how police officers act. They get a bad rap but I've been on many ride-alongs and we're very fortunate to have the men and women in law enforcement that we have in this area," said Farha.

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