State Rep. wants all RI officers to wear body cameras

Ferguson is once again in a state of emergency. This following the violence that erupted on the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. The unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer last August.

Sunday, another teenager shot by police. But, despite the current situation in Missouri the president of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent says we've come a long way over the past 12 months.

"Things are moving some what in the right way. There's still a lot of problems in Ferguson and the community I'm sure would tell you the same, but I think this was an outside incident,” said Jim Vincent.

In the wake of Brown's death there were calls all across the country for police to be equipped with body cameras. A year later a State Representative is once again trying to make that happen here in Rhode Island.

Rep. Joseph Almeida proposed the idea last year, but couldn't find a way to pay for the cameras. Now, Almeida has asked the congressional delegation for help with funding.

"It seems like every week or almost every day something is happening where you have an incident with unarmed black men and the police and there's a dispute,” said Vincent.

In the past some have raised privacy concerns with the idea including the local chapter of the ACLU.

People we caught up with Monday had mixed opinions on the idea.

"I guess until we actually see it in practice we'll find out whether it's good or bad,” said Shaun Smith.

"I don't think it's a bad idea at all. It is just another level of accountability,” said Rilwan Feyisitan.

Almeida plans to propose a bill on the cameras in the upcoming legislative session.

(C) WLNE 2015