Police body camera video may alter handling of some cases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A prosecutor in Virginia says the time needed to review police body camera video may force his office to "radically curtail" its involvement in the prosecution of some misdemeanor and traffic offenses.

Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney William W. "Billy" Davenport told the Richmond Times-Dispatch his office is spending hours viewing police body camera footage and asks for at least five additional prosecutors to meet the demand.

He says without the personnel, the office will have to change the way it has operated for decades. The law doesn't require his office to prosecute misdemeanors.

Board of Supervisors Chair Dorothy Jaeckle says she wants to see more evidence to support his request.

Chesterfield County police are currently equipping their officers with body cameras. The program has already produced over 16,000 active videos.

© 2017 Associated Press


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