Congressman Cleaver and Congressman Green Secure Inclusion of Body Camera Funding in President’s Budget
Today, U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Al Green (TX-09) announced that President Obama has included funding for body cameras in his FY2016 budget.
“Both the police and the public benefit when the police have the best tools and training to fulfill their mission,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. “Body cameras are one part of a broader solution to keep our communities safe and promote accountability. With these tools, we can protect the rights of all parties involved and provide better evidence for any police investigation, whether that is for citizens or for an officer.”
“I thank President Obama for his leadership on this issue and wholeheartedly support his administration’s efforts to provide funding for police body cameras,” said Congressman Al Green. “I, along with many people of good will, believe that having our officers wear body cameras can bring much-needed additional transparency and protect officers against specious allegations. Presently, numerous major police departments around the country have conducted studies, introduced pilot programs, or require officers to wear body cameras. Currently, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and I are working on the Camera Authorization and Maintenance-Transparency in Policing Act (CAM-TIP) of 2015, so that Congress can join with the President on the issue of transparency and accountability in law enforcement.”
On December 11, 2014, Congressman Cleaver introduced H.R. 5865, the Camera Authorization and Maintenance Act or CAM Act, to encourage the use of body cameras by law enforcement agencies across the country. Congressman Cleaver and Congressman Green are working together to introduce body camera legislation in the 114th Congress. Congressman Cleaver wrote to President Obama in January to secure funding for body cameras and community policing. That letter is available here.
The President’s new Community Policing Initiative aims to build and sustain trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. The President’s FY2016 Budget provides $97 million to expand training and oversight for local law enforcement, increase the use of body-worn cameras, provide additional opportunities for police department reform, and facilitate community and law enforcement engagement in ten pilot sites, with additional technical assistance and training for dozens of communities and police departments across the Nation.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.