Petitions seek body cameras for Ferguson police

FERGUSON, Mo. – The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer has led to the creation of online petitions for officers to wear body cameras.

Petitions on and White House website have called for a law that would require police to wear body cameras. At the time of the shooting, Ferguson police had no cameras near the incident.

The White House petition has garnered close to 120,000 signatures, which had a goal of 100,000 by September 12. The petition has more than 42,660 supporters with more than 7,300 signatures needed.

The petition, which was started by St. Louis native Kirk Siefert, hopes to send a message to the heads of the St. Louis County, Ferguson and City of St. Louis police departments.

"Many continue to speculate what happened, and we may never know the truth," Siefert writes in the petition. "But one thing we know for sure is that the officer who killed him did not have a car dash camera or a body cam to record the incident -- a camera that could have prevented the incident or given us clear information about what happened.

"I've participated in the local demonstrations because I am so appalled by what has happened. These questionable police activities are unfortunately not new to many in this area. I've been illegally searched by the local police more times than I can count. Many of my friends can say the same. It's not right, and I won't stand for it.

"And I won't accept Michael's death taken in vain. That's why I am asking for the St. Louis City Police Department, the St. Louis City Police Department and the Ferguson Police Department to require police officers to wear cameras and record any interaction with the public at all times."

For the White House petition, if it reaches its goal, the petition would be sent to the White House and receive a response, which doesn't guarantee action.


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