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>> These were deliberate and planned shootings.>> One day after Chicago police blamed gangs for the surge in violence over Christmas weekend. The embattled police department turned the focus on itself, pushing ahead with reforms,accelerating it's role out of new body cameras. Saying all officers will have them by the end of 2017, 1 year ahead of schedule.
Chicago Police, which is the target of a federal investigation, demonstrating the new devices Wednesday, releasing this body cam footage recorded from the streets of Chicago. Reuters, Reneda Young.>> So it has been such a high demand for police body cameras because of the up taken, unarmed shootings of people more specifically black men.
And of other shootings that have happened in minority neighborhoods as well. What people want Is accountability, transparency. What police officers want is for people to see what happens on their end.>> The 2014 fatal shooting of a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by a white police officer and subsequent release of police footage.
Which differed dramatically from the officer's account propelled Chicago into the national debate over police use of force in minority community. Now the city faces a Federal Civil Right probe and it is eager to rebuild trust with residents who are showing the dangerous situations police deal with regularly. The new body cameras arrive at a point of crisis for Chicago Police who are struggling with the souring murder rate the worst for the city since the 1990s.