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Rawlings-Blake vetoes police body camera bill

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has vetoed a bill to make city police officers wear body cameras.

The mayor says she fully supports the idea, but just wants to make sure it’s done right. She says a bill passed Nov. 17 by the city council is “well-intentioned,” but fails to address concerns about proper storage and maintenance, the program’s scope, and most importantly, she says, privacy.

The mayor’s comments come in a letter sent to the city council Monday.

Rawlings-Blake says “there will be body cameras in Baltimore,” but that “the program must be done right and should not be something that is hastily implemented.”

Rawlings-Blake says a working group she formed is considering all aspects of a body-camera program and will report back to her early next year.