Boston police union goes to court after bodycam resistance
BOSTON >> Boston's largest police union is headed to court to try to halt a program requiring officers to wear body cameras.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court.
The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association claims the city violated an agreement when Commissioner William Evans assigned 100 officers to wear the cameras after no one volunteered. The union is seeking an injunction to temporarily halt the initiative.
The two sides had reached an agreement in July calling for 100 officers to volunteer to wear body cameras for six months.
A union lawyer says the injunction request seeks to stop the city from implementing the program until the two sides can renegotiate.
Activists have called for police body cameras since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
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