Mojo84, I greatly appreciate the spirited but respectful debate. As I've said, I'm not budget expert but here is a story that outlines $55 per camera per month just for off site data storage (and who knows if this "cloud" storage is secure enough to stand up to future legal challenges). http://mobile.blogs.wsj.com/cio/2015/04 ... structure/
About "secure enough" remember, it's not only the cops who are recorded. Everyone who comes in contact with body-cam wearing cops is recorded. All ( or some) becomes open record at some point. Cop identifies you by name, address, DL/CHL #, DOB, SS# etc ON CAMERA. And that includes every one of us call-911-and-be-a-good-witness types.
Sure, private info can be redacted - but at what cost in man hours to do so? Not to mention all the Alex Jones types who will scream cover up for every redacted second of video.
The rhetorical cautions about rushing into body cams are out there to read. Just heard some high-ranking LE personnel discussing these very issues with Texas Legislature on news radio story this morning.
Anyway, you make some good points and my opinion on the whole body cam idea is still in flux. Just wish there were more/better safeguards, especially when it comes to the court of public opinion that will soon label any critical incident not recorded by body cam video as automatically suspicious and evidence of a cover up. Something like the Ch.9 Penal Code portion that basically says lack of retreat may not be considered by a finder of fact to determine culpability. How about failure to produce a video recording may not be considered a factor in determining culpability.
I do, however, find your attempt to paint the budget issue as merely an issue of choosing "toys" over body cams a bit lacking in substance.
As for CedarParkDad, you've made your opinion clear. I don't care to continue discussing it with someone as narrow minded and obviously anti-cop as you.