• Recent officer-involved shootings in Jacksonville raise new questions about JSO body cameras

    By: Ryan Nelson , Action News Jax

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    JSO will need to rely on interviews and other evidence in order to piece together what led up to two deadly officer involved shootings Wednesday.

    JSO says Officer CK Jimenez, a 12-year veteran of the force and field training officer, shot and killed a man at the Motel 6 on the Northside near I-95 at about 10:15  a.m. Wednesday.

    Wednesday night, an officer shot and killed an 18-year-old robbery suspect in Mandarin after JSO says he pointed a replica revolver BB gun toward the officer.

    In the wake of these incidents, Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson tells us he believes certain areas of the city should be prioritized as JSO unveils body cameras for their force.

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    “I think that the distribution of these cameras should go to the high crime areas,” Carson said.

    JSO announced on Twitter last month that it had rolled out the first phase of its body worn camera program.

    We reported early in November the department’s goal is to train around 200 officers each quarter, with a full rollout of the program taking about two years to complete.

    Thursday, we asked JSO’s assistant chief Scott Dingee if there’s a push inside the department to expedite the BWC distribution plan.

    “There’s a program to purchase and issue all body cams to police officers,” Dingee said. “That is coming. It just takes time to train them and to purchase the equipment.”


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