Springfield police chief bemoans body-cam ‘burden’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield’s police chief says a state law requiring officers to wear body cameras is too burdensome to local squads. Chief Kenny Winslow tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the cameras will produce so much video the city might have to hire an additional person to handle Illinois Freedom of Information Act requests. And he says the law requires an end-of-year report on each incident in which cameras are used, meaning even more administrative work. Winslow says police “want to embrace this technology,” and he acknowledges there are benefits. But he hopes lawmakers tweak the law to make it more “user-friendly.” Lawmakers adopted the policy after highly publicized citizen-police encounters such as in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer shot a black man in August 2014.