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Pandemic shattered city budget puts Nashville Police body-cam rollout on hold

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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.

 

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