Indianapolis Mayor Seeks Money for Police Body Cameras

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indianapolis' mayor has detailed his proposed $1 billion city budget that seeks $200,000 to start equipping police officers with body cameras to record their interactions with suspects. 

Mayor Greg Ballard presented his 2016 budget proposal Monday night to the City-County Council. Its request for camera funding comes about a week after officers fatally shot a 15-year-old carjacking suspect in a confrontation authorities said wasn't captured by any department cameras.

A pilot program recently equipped 65 Indianapolis police officers with body cameras, but that test ended in July.

Although the mayor's budget proposal includes $200,000 for body cameras, Ballard's office estimates it would cost between $2 million and $3 million to outfit all 900 of the city's patrol officers with body cameras. Ballard hopes federal grants will cover that cost.