Oklahoma Sheriff to Deploy Body Cameras after 2015 Fatal Shooting

Oklahoma Sheriff to Deploy Body Cameras after 2015 Fatal Shooting

An Oklahoma Sheriff’s agency is applying for a federal grant to outfit 50 of its deputies with body-worn cameras. The move comes after a 2015 fatal shooting where an ex-reserve deputy shot and killed an unarmed black man.

Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said he’s applying for a 50 percent match grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to pay for the body cams. The county would need to raise nearly $50,000 of the cost for the equipment.

The sheriff’s department will know by October if they have received the grant. After that, Regalado says the deputies will begin to field-test the cameras in the fall.

Tulsa's Police Department was also implicated in an officer-involved shooting in September of 2016 when a deputy shot and killed Terrence Crutcher near his vehicle. Crutcher did not have a weapon on him at the time of his death. Police released 911 audio, aerial footage and dash cam footage of the shooting.

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