Transcript for Police Officers Increase Body Camera Use
Now to police body cameras very much in the headlines and new video this morning revealing the split-second decision so many officers have to make from their point of view. Here's ABC's Pierre Thomas.
Reporter: This cell phone video of two sheriff's deputies appearing to shoot a man with his hands up in San Antonio caused outrage earlier this week. The two deputies didn't have any body cams. In fact only eight officers on the force do so local officials immediately approved $1 million for hundreds of body cams and dash cam, the goal to get them to all officers on the street. Having as many perspectives as possible is critical in these high-stakes situations. Check out this police dash cam when this routine traffic stop in Trinity, Texas, unexpectedly turns deadly serious as the officer draws his firearm pointing at the driver of the parked car. From that angle watch again, it looks like the officer aggressively goes for his gun with no provocation from the startled driver. But look closely as we get a different view from the officer's body camera. Is that a real gun right there? Hey, don't touch it don't you touch that gun. I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
Reporter: Slow down the tape and freeze it right there. A pistol lying right on the front seat and with a man beginning to reach for it, you can bet irjpdz stand why the officer pulled out his firearm. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Keep your hands out of the car. I was thankful we now have our body cameras so we could show wry officer wheeler acted aggressively.
Reporter: Across the country police departments are in the midst of a body cam buying spree. Police in Los Angeles and new York expanding their use. For "Good morning America," Pierre Thomas, ABC news, Washington.