House passes resolution urging police to use body cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a resolution urging state and local police departments to use body cameras.

The non-binding resolution was passed on Wednesday by a vote of 421-6. The vote comes in the wake of several high-profile police shootings and other incidents.

In Texas, a white police officer resigned Tuesday after he was filmed pinning a black teenage girl to the ground. The officer also had pulled his gun on other teens.

Congressman Al Green of Texas sponsored the resolution. Green, a Democrat, said body cameras bring much-needed transparency to police work and can protect officers against false allegations.

Police agencies across the nation are considering using body cameras, though some are grappling with who should have access to the videos.

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