Baltimore Police to Release First Body Camera Footage of Shooting By Officers

In a first for the city, Baltimore police say they plan to release body camera footage this week that captures an officer shooting a suspect.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said footage of the shooting of a knife-wielding man in Waverly on Friday would be released “likely by midweek.”

About 600 city officers have been equipped with cameras since the department launched the $11.6 million program in May, part of a national movement to put cameras on officers as several high-profile shootings have brought increased scrutiny to police actions.

But the question of when to release such footage has been contentious, and in Baltimore, little footage has been seen by the public.