U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, says the Sunday shooting death of Corey Jones by a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens police officer underscores the need for police to wear body cameras.
Murphy signed on in June as a cosponsor of a bill by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, to authorize federal grants to local law enforcement agencies to buy or lease body cameras. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, is another of the bill’s 28 cosponsors.
Said a Murphy statement today: “While there is an ongoing investigation into the death of Corey Jones, it is an unfortunate reality that all the details of what happened that night will never be known. That is why it is vital that law enforcement officers – including plainclothes officers – be equipped with body cameras so that when terrible tragedies like this happen, we have a real window into what occurred. Congress must act immediately to help local law enforcement agencies invest in body cameras that protect both officers and citizens involved in altercations. By doing this, we will improve public safety and better relations between police and the communities they serve.”