Oklahoma City police, FOP haven’t reached agreement on body camera policy

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OKLAHOMA CITY – There is renewed focus on police body cameras following the deadly officer-involved shooting of Terence Crutcher.

The moments leading up to the shooting were caught on camera both from the ground and air, but no body cameras were in use.

Oklahoma Sen. Anastasia Pittman is a member of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.

The group just called for the “immediate implementation of body cameras in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and other communities that have them.”

“When people are unarmed and they’re getting killed at the hands of police, we want to make sure that police are within protocol of doing whatever they do in the line of duty. We want to support them as well,” Sen. Pittman said.

For more than three months, Oklahoma City police officers have not been wearing body cameras.

Pittman said she is disappointed to see tax dollars wasted all because the city’s disagreement with the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police.

“We’re ready to get them back on the streets. We need them back on the streets. We’re ready for it,” FOP President John George said.

Since June, the union and the city have been trying to create a body camera policy.

The FOP said Sept. 1, it presented the city with a contract, which has not been signed.

NewsChannel 4 asked the union’s president about the wait, and he told us we needed to ask the city, so we did.

“Simple finger pointing isn’t going to solve anything. We have a proposal for them. They had one for us. They could have just as easily accepted ours as we could have theirs,” MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said.

Neither side will discuss the details of the proposed policies, but said a couple issues holding up the process are deciding when officers should turn their cameras on and when the video should be released.

Sen. Pittman is hoping a decision comes soon so lawmakers do not have to step in.

“At the end of the day, if legislation is required, we’ll do that,” Pittman said.

Right now, there is no deadline for an agreement.

Eventually an arbitrator could step in to make a deal.

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