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West Haven Considers Police Body Cameras In Wake Of Teen Shooting

Police Body Camera
Ross D. Franklin
A demonstration of an Axon Body 2 body camera.

The city of West Haven, Connecticut, may equip its police officers with body cameras. That’s after a 19-year-old man was killed by a state police trooper in the city last month.  

Mayor Nancy Rossi came out in support of the idea this week after meeting with the family of Mubarak Soulemane.

Soulemane led police on a chase from Norwalk to West Haven on Interstate 95 in connection to an alleged carjacking.  

A state trooper fired seven shots through Soulemane’s car window.

Rossi says she has been in support of body cameras since her election in 2017, but it’s expensive to store the footage. It would cost the city about $1 million a year. 

The state has given grants to nearly 41 police departments to cover the cost of the body cameras. West Haven was not one of them.

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