Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police wear cameras

Police in Ferguson Police were criticised for being heavy-handed in dealing with protesters

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun using body cameras, three weeks after a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.

The death of Michael Brown, 18, led to weeks of often violent protests between local residents and the police.

Differing accounts of what happened before Mr Brown was shot led to calls for the use of body cameras to record police interactions.

The Ferguson police chief said the cameras were well received by officers.

"They are really enjoying them," police chief Tom Jackson told the St Louis Post-Dispatch after around 50 body cameras were deployed on Saturday.

"They are trying to get used to using them," he said.

People protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson There are differing accounts of what happened before Brown was shot multiple times
Police in Ferguson Businesses needed protection from looters

The cameras were donated by two video surveillance companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally.

In a statement on its website, Safety Vision said it donated the cameras in the hopes that they could bring transparency to future investigations.

Mr Brown was killed on 9 August after police officer Darren Wilson stopped him and a friend for walking in the middle of the street.

US reaction to the killing of Brown falls along distinct racial lines

Eye-witnesses have said Mr Brown raised his hands in a gesture of surrender before he was shot multiple times by Mr Wilson.

Police accounts have disputed this, saying there was a struggle between Mr Brown and Mr Wilson which led to the shooting.

Many local residents believe the officer, who has been place on administrative leave, has not been adequately punished.

A St Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence about the killing and will decide whether or not to charge Mr Wilson with a crime.

The US Justice Department has opened its own investigation into the shooting.

More on This Story

Ferguson shooting

Related Stories

More US & Canada stories

RSS

Features

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Lotus 97T driven by Elio de AngelisBeen and Gone

    A champion F1 designer and other notable losses


  • A poster of Boris Nemtsov at a rally in St Petersburg, Russia, 1 MarchWho killed Nemtsov?

    Theories abound over murder that shocked Moscow


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.