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In wake of South Carolina, a boom for police cameras

Police body cams are a booming business

Calls are once again growing for more police to be outfitted with cameras after the tragic police shooting in South Carolina.

North Charleston officer Michael Slager had a video camera in his patrol car — a so-called dash cam — but he was not wearing a body camera. The footage of the shooting was captured by a bystander.

Mayor Keith Summey has pledged to order 150 more cameras, in addition to the 101 already ordered. Widespread adoption across America will take time.

For now, about 20% of 18,000 police departments in the U.S. are working with two companies, Digital Ally (DGLY)and Taser (TASR), to trial or purchase body cameras, according to data provided to CNNMoney by the companies.

The problem is the cost.

The cameras themselves run from about $400 to $800 depending upon the camera make and model and how many a department orders. To outfit 150 officers in North Charleston would cost at least $60,000. On top of that, departments must pay to store the video footage.

“The biggest thing that everyone has got to understand is that so many of these departments

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