NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2018

Officials said Sunday that use of 2,990 Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras has been suspended because of the incident in a Staten Island stationhouse, NBC reports.

Last night, an officer retrieved a body-cam for deployment on a midnight tour and noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it.

The NYPD has pulled some Vievu body cameras from the streets after an LE-5 model (similar to the LE-3 seen here) exploded on Sunday.

The camera then exploded, fell to the ground and burned, authorities said.

In a statement, an NYPD spokeswoman said, "Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority". The officer removed the device before it exploded, and no injuries were reported.

"The cause and the scope of the defect are now being investigated", police officials said in a statement.

Officers who had been assigned the LE-5 cameras were told to immediately remove the devices and hand them in.

The NYPD has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras worn by officers on patrol.

So far, the Police Department has deployed more than 15,500 Vievu body cameras to officers. The NYPD says the issue forcing LE-5 cams to be suspended has not affected the other model.

According to The Daily Beast, approximately 15,500 body cameras are now deployed throughout the New York Police Department. "We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation", it told the news site Engadget.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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