NYC official calls for police body cameras

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City official wants to put body cameras on police officers as a check on misconduct.

Public Advocate Letitia James on Monday called for a pilot program to put body-worn cameras on patrol officers in 15 percent of the city's precincts. She says she would like all patrol officers to eventually be outfitted with the cameras.

James cited last month's death of Eric Garner after he was put in a police chokehold on Staten Island.

Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered some patrol officers to wear the cameras in her 2013 stop-and-frisk ruling.

But Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch says his union wants to see evidence of the cameras' effectiveness.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.