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Requiring police body cameras stripped from Connecticut bill

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A legislative committee has stripped a bill of language that would require Connecticut police officers to wear body cameras.

Sen. Eric Coleman, co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that the provision likely wouldn't have passed because of the high cost.

The underlying bill, which moves to the Senate for further action, would require better use-of-force training for police. It also would require prosecutors from other districts to investigate acts of deadly force by police.

A second bill that would create a pilot program for police body cameras is still moving through the legislature. That bill would require participating departments to report back to the legislature in 2017.

Proponents of police body cameras said they still hope to pass the mandatory language for all departments later this session.

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