Law enforcement agencies weighing pros, cons of body cameras

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News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A petition started in Hephzibah is getting national attention.

It calls for all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras.

It began after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The shooting sparked riots seen on TV's around the country and the world.

"I wonder was he thinking or calling for his mother. I think about all of that," said mother Mary Fallen.

Fallen says she thinks about her son a lot. Phillip Boynton, 28, died of a head injury in the hospital. A police report indicates Boynton was involved outside of Club Pure Platinum's in Augusta in March of 2013.

The Richmond County Sheriff's office say Boynton was intoxicated and told to leave the club.

"They picked up a guy and questioned him and said it was self defense. I'm not going with self defense," Boyton said.

Fallen believes body cameras could have answered some of the questions in the chaotic moments after that fight. The initials J.C. is listed as the creator of a petition that started in Hepzibah, Ga. then spread across the U.S.

The "We The People" petition has more than 150,000 signatures calling for all law enforcement to wear body camera's. The petition is in response to an unarmed teen killed by a Ferguson Missouri Officer that sparked days of riots in the city.

In Richmond County, Sheriff Richard Roundtree requested more than $300,000 to buy body cameras from the sales package that voters defeated.

For Fallen, she says body cameras could keep other mothers from the pain she's feeling daily.

"Yes, I think all of them should have to wear body camera's," said Fallen.

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