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In Heated Discussion Commissioners Split on Police Body Cameras

 

Last updated 6/10/2020 at 10:07am

Commission budget workshop in person and online: Top left, Police Chief Chris Velasquez; top right Finance Director Dorothy Abbott and Interim City Manager James Slaton; dais with Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson, Commissioners Curtis Gibson and Al Goldstein; attending remotely were Commissioner Terrye Howell and Mayor Eugene Fultz.

Body worn cameras for Lake Wales police officers got put on the back burner during a budget workshop June 3, but not without heated discussion and passionate disagreements among city commissioners.

Commissioners Terrye Howell and Curtis Gibson advocated for body cameras to be a budget priority, but Mayor Eugene Fultz, who previously supported them, cited budget concerns and his doubts that cameras would resolve issues between police and citizens.

Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson opposed body cameras, calling them symbols of distrust: "I would rather tackle the trust issues. If we have to go to bod...



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Reader Comments
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Terrymdorr writes:

If the Northwest community has a dinner fied body cameras as a way to begin to rebuild trust with the police department it behooves us as a community to provide those cameras. It is a first step, not a complete solution. And yes I realize that it is expensive. But in Lake Wales we need all of our citizens to thrive and be successful so that we all might prosper. And at the end of the day we have to ask ourselves what kind of a community do we wanna be? Do we want to be the kind that protects and supports our citizens or do we want to be community that tell citizens your problems are just not bad enough for us to bother with? I would much rather live in a community where we take care of one another and respect one another then one in which we are dismissive of the issues Some of the space. I would hope Lake Wales would be better than that.

gator63 writes:

Yt wiuld seem to me that body cameras would also protect officers from false accusations

 
 
 

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