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Brooklyn judge: Cameras could have stopped police deaths

September 22, 2014 Associated Press
Eric Garner's body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23. The man who shot the choke video is in NYPD custody on gun charges.
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The federal judge who ruled the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy violated civil rights says body cameras could have prevented the deaths of two men by police.

Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered a pilot program of body-worn cameras in five precincts as part of her 2013 ruling.

She said a recording of interactions between police and the public would help curb wrongful stops. The NYPD recently said it would begin the project.

NY 1 reports that Scheindlin said during a speech at the Bronx County Bar Association last week that the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island and the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri could have been prevented.

She says the footage from officer-worn cameras could be played back for training.

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