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All Michigan State Police troopers to wear body cameras under new state budget


All Michigan State Police troopers will soon be wearing body cameras as part of the new state budget.

The Michigan legislature passed the state budget Wednesday. It includes funds to provide body cameras to all Michigan State Police troopers.

Michigan Representative Tyrone Carter is the minority vice-chair of the committee overseeing the state budget. He says body cams are mutually beneficial for the officers and the public at large.

“It is about accountability and creating that expectation you know, with the public, with the officers, with the public. Because again, you know, we think about it, everybody, it's been my experience I'll say acts differently when they know that being recorded.”

The budget also includes funds to cover the cost of storing the information recorded.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.