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Armed officers to start wearing video cameras

TRUST DEFICIT: Met commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, left, and Mark Duggan

THE METROPOLITAN police will be piloting a scheme which will see armed officers wearing cameras on their person starting today (April 1).

After recognising the shooting of Mark Duggan in 2011 led to a "significant reduction" of trust in the black community, Comissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe announced the measure.

It will be rolled out across nine London boroughs and up to 500 cameras will be deployed with specialist firearms teams training with cameras.

Duggan’s death sparked riots, looting and unrest across the country as well as public debate and outcry over policing in the UK.

After a four-month trial, eight jurors concluded the 29-year-old was lawfully killed despite being unarmed at the time.

If the pilot proves successful, it will be rolled out across Britain’s biggest police force.

Kojo Kyerewaa, campaign leader at The London Campaign Against Police and State Violence said: “I don’t think [body worn cameras] will work, because where they have had cameras such as the G20 summit in 2009, it didn't show any wrongdoing yet Ian Tomlinson died.”

He added that the introduction of body-worn cameras may be useful for those who feel they have been wrongly stopped and searched.

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