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SFPD Chief Suhr on Body Cameras: 'What Delays?'

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In May 2011, just a month after taking his post, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters that he intended to equip his officers with body cameras. Four years later, not a single body-worn camera has been deployed in the city.

According to Suhr, the SFPD has been on the verge of launching the cameras for almost his entire tenure as chief.

In August 2013, Suhr said a pilot program was ready to launch in six weeks. In January 2014, he said that same program was now just two weeks away.

Fast forwarding to April of this year, when still no cameras had been put into use, Suhr was only slightly less definitive, telling KQED Newsroom that body cameras were "probably" going to be launched "in the next 30 days or so."

Three months later, in an appearance on Forum this week, Suhr was asked by Michael Krasny about the four years of delays.


"There really haven't been any delays," Suhr answered.

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