Oklahoma police department using body camera during patrols

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PIEDMONT, Okla. - We've seen the results of highly contested police altercations.

Like in Ferguson, no matter what side you are on, the world will never see exactly what happened.

"I have absolutely no idea what occurred in Ferguson on the day that the young man was killed.However if a body camera would have been available and in use, we might have known more," said Scott Singer with the Piedmont Police Department.

The unknown is what the Piedmont Police want to eliminate.

A few months ago, the department started using body camera for all eleven officers.

"It certainly provides support for either side, for either the person who believes they have been grieved by an officer or by the officer themselves that believe they have been falsely accused," said Singer.

If officers turn the cameras off, the system is notified and the officer has to justify why they flipped the switch.

After each shift, the video is downloaded to a secure server and only the administrator has access.

What is recorded is available to the public unless it includes juveniles or other special circumstances.

Chief Singer also says the video can be used as a training tool.