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Body cameras, in-car camera system coming to Easton Police Department

EASTON, Pa. - Soon all work-related activity from Easton police will be on the record, recorded by officer-worn body cameras.

The city of Easton purchased 66 new body cameras and a corresponding in-car camera system thanks in part to a grant from the Department of Justice.

Easton Police Lt. Brian Herncane says the total cost for the new equipment is about $100,000. Mayor Sal Panto says the city paid less than $50,000.

"It helps us and helps protect the officer. It will obviously help protect the public as well,” Herncane said.

Panto says he hopes the cameras will protect the city against what he calls "frivolous lawsuits."

Earlier this year, Jermaine Newsome sued the city and more than a dozen Easton officers, claiming they roughed him up while conducting a search warrant, claims the city strongly denies.

“It will help the officers to not be named in frivolous lawsuits. I think the residents will have a comfort that body cameras are operating, ‘I'm not going to get treated in a bad way,’” he said.

Panto says under a new Pennsylvania law, officers are allowed to keep their body cameras on when they enter someone's home.

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