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Minnesota State Patrol deploying new body cameras

The equipment will be seen on every state trooper by next summer.

MINNESOTA — Body cameras are in the process of being deployed to the 640 Minnesota State Patrol troopers. Officers said the body cams will record all interactions with the public, and upload footage to a cloud server right from the squad car.

Videos from the equipment are typically saved for around 13 months, while more high profile recordings are kept for a longer amount of time. One of the first 40 state troopers to get the cams told reporters the new equipment is easy to use.

"It activates on its own when we make a traffic stop and we activate those emergency lights," said Sgt. Ben Madsen. "As far as getting used to, hardly any time at all, it's just another piece of equipment."

Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, said he is excited to get the cams, and says they would have been useful for last year's civil unrest.

"I wish that we had body-worn cameras deployed during all of our civil unrest deployments over the past couple of years," Langer said. "I think it helps. It gives a record of what happened, and it leaves little to question about who did what, who said what."

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Some state troopers are getting their body cams equipped and set up now. They aim to deploy these all troopers by May 2022.

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