PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBSMiami) — Palm Beach Gardens Police will be getting body cameras sometime this year after a unanimous vote at a city council meeting Thursday.READ MORE: Vax305: Bike Ride Aims To End Cycle Of Vaccine Hesitancy Among South Florida Communities Of Color
The measure was approved 5-0 for a $262,000 purchase of gear and equipment to be used by the police force, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The decision comes after the death of Corey Jones, who was shot by a plain-clothed officer in October who pulled up alongside Jones’ broken-down vehicle. It was late at night and Jones was armed with a gun when the officer fired several shots but Jones did not fire back.READ MORE: Another Weekend Of Gun Violence Bring Country’s Total Number Of Mass Shootings To 270
Jones’ death continued a national debate about equipping officers with body cameras in an effort to keep the relationship between police and citizens transparent.
Dozens of people, police and community leaders gathered at the meeting.MORE NEWS: Florida Men Facing Fraud Charges For Reportedly Cheating Investors
In the wake of Jones’ death, members of the community proposed “Corey’s Law,” requiring body cameras for all officers and offering instruction for non-uniformed officers in approaching the public. The proposal is expected to be introduced in the Florida Legislature in 2016.