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Pittsfield police have legal concerns about body cameras, but more than 100 Massachusetts police departments use them

We look into how body cameras are used across Massachusetts, how they are funded and how legal questions that Pittsfield police have cited are answered

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Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn says his department is working to sort out policy questions on the use of body cameras by officers. More than 100 other police departments in Massachusetts have already forged ahead.

Millions of state, federal and private dollars flow into Massachusetts police departments to equip officers with body cameras. The Eagle has identified over 100 departments that use body cameras or plan to.

The Pittsfield Police Department is not yet one of them.

This week, members of the City Council voted unanimously to support having city officers wear the devices — a recommendation to the city's mayor and police chief that came six weeks after a Pittsfield officer shot and killed Miguel Estrella.

Estrella was fatally wounded after officers were unable to stop him using less-than-lethal means while responding March 25 to a...


Meg Britton-Mehlisch can be reached at mbritton@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6149.

Pittsfield Reporter

Meg Britton-Mehlisch is the Pittsfield reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she previously worked at the Prior Lake American and its sister publications under the Southwest News Media umbrella in Savage, Minnesota.

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