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Beyer Welcomes Capitol Police Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program

 U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) today welcomed reports that U.S. Capitol Police will launch a body-worn camera pilot program for its officers. On September 27, 2021, Beyer and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter to the Capitol Police Board requesting the use of body cameras for all uniformed U.S. Capitol Police officers.

"I’m glad to see the U.S. Capitol Police taking necessary steps toward requiring all uniformed U.S. Capitol Police officers to use body cameras,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The implementation of this pilot program will not only increase transparency, trust and accountability but will also ensure a more comprehensive understanding of critical incidents.”

“The tragic events of the January 6th attack on our Capitol reinforced the necessity of body cameras. The body camera footage from the Metropolitan Police Department officers helped identify those who attacked police officers and the Capitol and provided us with a clearer account of the events that took place on that day. The launch of this body-worn camera pilot program will only help protect our Capitol Police officers and the public.”

Beyer has been a staunch advocate for police reforms for federal officers, and has coauthored legislation with Congresswoman Norton requiring the use of body-worn cameras by all federal officers. This legislation was previously included in the House-passed George Floyd Justice In Policing Act.