Almost 3000 NYPD Body Cameras Pulled After One Explodes in NYC Precinct

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

Those officers using the LE-5 have been told to bring the devices back to their precincts and will not have to wear a body cam at this time. "After it was safely removed, the device exploded".

The NYPD has recalled almost 3,000 body cameras worn by police officers on patrol after one camera exploded inside of a precinct on Staten Island.

Luckily, no one was injured when the camera burst into flames.

An internal order released by Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the cameras were being removed out of an abundance of caution, according to the Daily Beast.

The recall of the Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras could delay the department's plan to outfit all 23,000 patrol officers with body cameras by December, and adds another twist to the complicated history surrounding the mechanisms that have already led to at least one lawsuit over how video from police encounters can be used.

So far, the Police Department has deployed more than 15,500 Vievu body cameras to officers.

There are even more in use in London, with the Metropolitan Police having rolled out 22,000 cameras to its front-line officers and specialist command teams. Officers wearing the Vievu model LE-4 camera will continue to use them.

In May of this year, Axon, the law enforcement product company best known for making the Taser, acquired Vievu, which was considered a leader in the body camera industry.

The NYPD said it would pull the affected devices while it investigates the issue.

"Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon. We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation", it told the news site Engadget.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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