By TYLER WALLACE, News Reporter
Macomb, Illinois (NEWS 3) — The Macomb City Council met Monday night to discuss plans to provide body cameras to the Macomb Police Department by the beginning of next year.
“ The whole idea behind the body cameras is transparency,” Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said. “I think that’s something that we have to be very diligent and consistent about when we’re dealing with people’s concerns about police conduct in general.”
Because of recent incidents involving law enforcement, the Macomb community is pushing the idea of police reform and the addition of body cams to help make the community feel safe.
“I think many of the people who have concerns are reluctant to have a police encounter whether it’s calling even as a victim of a crime because you’re not sure what that response will look like,” Inman said. “This is one way I think we and the leadership of the community can help reassure that this is a step in the direction that everyone wants to go.”
Members of the Macomb group “Because We Care” wants to bring attention and awareness to the issues that many people in the community are facing and want to make a change.
“I want to thank the Because We Care group, that’s the local grassroots effort that brought this whole opportunity to the city and said that we want to be a part of the solution,” Inman said. “At the end of the day, we are looking forward to getting these cameras deployed to our police officers. So that’s just one other check box in the transparency issue that we want to address.”
As of now, the GoFundMe page that was created by Because We Care has raised over $33,000 in support to the body cams.