Congressman Meeks on Garner decision: ‘What good is a body camera?’

Posted at 1:12 AM, Dec 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-04 01:36:04-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)-- Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) challenged the purpose of NYPD body cameras after Staten Island grand jury cleared the officer in the death of Eric Garner despite video evidence.

"It makes me wonder, what good is, what most of us been talking a lot about," Meeks said in a Wednesday press conference. "What good is a body camera?"

Mere hours before the Garner decision was revealed, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton along with Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the start of the department's body-cam pilot program.

He said the cameras as having the potential to eliminate the "he said, she said" confusion that often surrounds situations involving police officers and citizens.

However, Meeks dismissed its use if it doesn't convict anyone.

"A body camera is used to present the facts that took place," Meeks said. "In effect, we had a body camera here -- we've seen it all."

"Hands up is not just about Ferguson because if you look at this video you saw Eric Garner had his hands up and pulling back."

Bratton said the first set of 50 cameras will be running by this weekend.