Residents cited privacy concerns over proposed new body cameras for Los Angeles Police Department officers at a public meeting Wednesday.
Many attendees at the consultation on the subject at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in South Los Angeles were not in support of the measure, despite the controversial shootings of Ezell Ford in LA and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Nearly 900 cameras will be issued in the first quarter of this year, and will record interactions with members of the public. Video will be stored for at least two years.
“All it does to serve, is spy on us. Watch us.” One attendee said.
“(It is) just another total surveillance awareness of the civilian population that we don't need and we don't want,” another said.
However not everyone was in opposition, with some saying it is an important measure.
"It's about time those cameras are turned around," an audience member said.
Another meeting is to be held tonight at the A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.