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Thursday, November 21, 2013

SFGate: With the help of a $250,000 federal grant, some San Francisco police officers will begin wearing cameras.

Initially the small, cigar-shaped cameras will be issued to 50 plainclothes officers who execute search warrants and parole checks and who might enter people's homes. The idea is to blunt suggestions that officers aren't identifying themselves properly when they knock on doors.

Suhr contends that if a camera - and not one from the cell phone of a bystander - had been present at Valencia Gardens, it would have recorded what really happened: A man riding his bike on a sidewalk started to fight when a plainclothes officer tried to stop him, "the guy biting the officer as soon as he touched him."

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