Baltimore Co. Executive says no cameras available for moonlighting police officers
CATONSVILLE, Md. (WBFF) -- Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants the law changed following the findings in a Crime & Justice Investigation.
Currently under the Baltimore County Police Department’s general orders, officers working approved secondary employment have discretion whether to wear a body worn camera.
Officers are however required to carry their department issued firearm.
Fox45 began to investigation the policy after a police involved shooting in Catonsville earlier this month.
The officer told superiors he fired his weapon as he was being dragged by a car driven by a suspected shoplifter.
The officer said he was trying to stop Christopher Clapp.
Family members of Clapp spoke with Fox45 from North Carolina. Justin Clapp says, “Christopher was literally the brightest and funniest person that anyone would ever meet. He was just easy to be around.”
Justin says the family wants to know what happened and why.
Kamenetz believes footage captured on store surveillance will provide some answers.
According to County Executive Kamenetz, even if officers moonlighting wanted to wear a body worn camera currently the officer couldn’t because of the lack of cameras Baltimore County currently has.