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Lawmakers reach bipartisan agreement on police body cameras

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HARTFORD — Under a bipartisan agreement, the state would provide money to towns and cities for police body cameras.

The legislation, which passed the state Senate on Tuesday in a unanimous vote, is designed to reduce police shootings and the use of excessive force

The House has until the close of the session Wednesday night to take up the legislation.

Among other things, it makes $13 million in grants available over two years for municipalities to purchase the body cameras and store the recorded data for a year. But it also exempts some of what is recorded from the state’s Freedom of Information law.

It also mandates officers undergo more training in the use of deadly force and includes civil penalties when officers interfere with anyone taking pictures or videos of them at work.