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Minneapolis cops face punishment for not turning on body cams

The changes to body cam policy were announced on Wednesday.

Minneapolis police officers are getting stricter guidelines governing the use of body cams when responding to emergency calls.

The changes were announced by Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey on Wednesday, following concerns raised over how body cam use was being monitored.

The Star Tribune reports department officials admitted earlier this year they weren't tracking whether officers were routinely switching on their cameras.

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There have also been incidents, most notably with the shooting of Justine Damond, that body cameras weren't activated for the duration of a call.

Under the new rules, Minneapolis police officers will have to switch on their cameras when they're at least two blocks away from the scene of a reported incident.

If they're already within 2 blocks when they get the call, they have to switch them on immediately.

Officers will face punishments as well if they fail to turn on their cameras, including suspensions and even terminations for the most serious of offenses.

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