Police body cameras a matter of consideration for Huntsville leaders, but residents demand action

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - North Huntsville leaders want city leaders to act now. Thursday night, they took a stand for body cameras, urging the council to take action before it's too late.

"I have 2,424 citizens' [signatures] asking our mayor and city council to arm our police with cameras. This is from your citizens," said T.C. Johnson, with the North Huntsville Community United for Action.

One after the other, Johnson, Huntsville area NAACP President Alice Sams, and a string of north Huntsville leaders & citizens called for their tax dollars to be put to use for them.

"I'm praying by the presence of these petitions tonight that you will consider not just keeping it on the table but it will become an action item," said one pastor.

The cries were heard by city leaders, and met with universal support.

Despite the calls for immediate action, Mayor Tommy Battle says they will be deliberate in their decision.

"We will not be fast on getting body cams, because we're going to get it right as we do it, but we'll move as quickly as we possibly can to see that we can move forward," said Battle. "I think transparency is one of the things that protects our officers as it does everybody out there."

Battle says the city is considering potential funding sources for police body cameras.

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