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September 9, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Bruce Harrell makes police body cams a signature issue

Posted by Emily Heffter

Seattle City Council incumbent Bruce Harrell was featured in Seattle Times stories Thursday and Friday by reporter Sara Jean Green about his proposal to get police to wear body cameras.

In the Thursday story, Seattle Police union leader Rich O'Neill makes it clear he doesn't think the cameras are a possibility for Seattle cops. Among his concerns? Privacy, the state law requiring that people consent to being recorded, and the cameras making it more difficult for police to interview reluctant witnesses.

Harrell has been pushing for body cameras since last July, and he's made them one of his signature issues in his re-election campaign.

His opponent in the Nov. 8 election, former financial journalist Brad Meacham, is not so sure. He said he isn't opposed to the cameras, but believes the city should take a broader approach to fixing the culture in the police department.

"It's just a really really simplistic answer to a complex problem," he said.

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