Smyrna approves police body cameras

The Smyrna City Council voted 7-0 Monday to buy 75 police body cameras for each police officer at $57,375 that should start being used in six to seven weeks.

Also, $765 will be paid to Motorola Solutions for the body camera charging cables.

A storage server will be bought for $10,000 more.

At first, Smyrna Police Chief David Lee told the council he opposed body cameras due to privacy issues and the cost.

Now Lee said he sees the body cameras “will protect everybody’s rights.”

The funding source will be the special purpose local option sales tax.