Pandemic shattered city budget puts Nashville Police body-cam rollout on hold
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The body camera rollout for Metro Police is one of the first budgetary casualties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to reporter questions during Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Mayor John Cooper revealed MNPD will not move ahead with the next phase of the police body-cam program.
Cooper blamed a loss of revenue as the city’s economy slows. The mayor recently predicted a $200 million to $300 million shortfall in tax collections.
The initial field test of the Metro body-cam program began in February with 22 officers. The initiative was launched in 2016 by then mayor Megan Barry.