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Police look at new cameras to improve officer safety



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The camera mounted on the sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle caught everything, from when the man ran from deputies to when he pulled out a gun.

Now, the video caught on that camera is a key piece of evidence in the investigation to determine whether the shooting of a Greenwood man by two sheriff’s deputies was justified. Prosecutor Brad Cooper already decided based on that video that the two deputies involved should be able to return to work, since the video showed clearly that the man they were chasing pulled a gun on them first.

The videos, which record every time a deputy or officer turns them or their vehicle’s flashing lights on, also catch how an officer and driver act during a traffic stop and can provide the evidence needed to prosecute a drunken driver.

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