(CNN) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to wear body cameras in order for their departments to qualify for federal funds.
McCaskill believes that the ubiquity of cameras gives way to incidents in which only part of the story is recorded, seen or understood. So, a body camera on every officer will not only protect citizens against police misconduct, but also protect officers from wrongful accusations.
"Everywhere I go people now have cameras," said McCaskill, a Democrat. "And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't."
McCaskill made the comments at an event in Springfield, Missouri, where she answered questions about the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
In the wake of the shooting and community outrage to the response from Ferguson police, McCaskill has called for congressional hearings to examine a Defense Department program that allows local police departments to acquire military weaponry.
Already, President Barack Obama has called for a review of programs that allow for the transfer of military weapons to the police.
Section 1208 in the National Defense Authorization Act has allowed the Defense Department to grant military hardware to local law enforcement since 1990. A law enforcement support program, the military's Defense Logistics Agency, was established in 1999 to facilitate law enforcement militarization.
McCaskill said Thursday she hopes the Senate will embrace her body camera proposal and that it will eventually become law.
"I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers,'" she said. "And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."
Washington (CNN) – No endorsement for you, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
That was the message the New York Times editorial board sent to the state's sitting governor when they published Tuesday an editorial that spelled out why they won't be backing Cuomo in New York's upcoming gubernatorial primary on September 9.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - As he builds support for a possible Democratic presidential bid, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is dispatching political staffers to work on two key races in South Carolina this fall, sources familiar with the moves told CNN.
The Washington Post reported Monday that O’Malley was sending “more than two dozen” staffers from his political action committee, O’Say Can You See PAC, into Iowa and New Hampshire to assist midterm candidates this year. Those states kick off the presidential nomination process, followed by South Carolina, the first southern primary.
ANDERSON, South Carolina (CNN) - Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year as the Senate immigration reform bill he sponsored hit a roadblock in the Republican-controlled House.
By the time Rubio addressed a massive GOP fundraiser here on Monday evening, it wasn't his right flank he had to worry about.
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Charlotte (CNN) – President Barack Obama detailed Tuesday how his administration is attempting to rectify shortfalls in caring for war veterans, just as new threats abroad could require more sacrifices for American military families.
Speaking at the annual American Legion conference in Charlotte, Obama announced new executive actions aimed at improving mental health services and financial opportunities for servicemen and women, months after allegations of massive wrongdoing surfaced at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
(CNN) - Add another organization to the list of outside groups running ads in the Senate battle in New Hampshire, which is turning into a key race that could determine which party controls the chamber next year.
CNN has learned that Independent Leadership for New Hampshire is going up Tuesday with its first television commercial in support of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.
(CNN) — The masked man appears briefly, for only a frame or two, but it’s startling nonetheless.
The not-yet-identified killer of kidnapped American photographer James Foley is featured in an ominous and risky campaign ad released Monday by New Mexico’s Republican nominee for Senate, Allen Weh, the underdog challenger to first-term Democratic Senator Tom Udall.
(CNN) - This week, South Carolina gets a piece of the action.
While Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary, have seen numerous visits this summer by many of the potential 2016 candidates, things have been quiet in South Carolina.
CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – An exit strategy, proof of the Obama Midterm Drag, and insights into some of the most intriguing faces and races of 2014 and 2016 filled our weekly close-of-show trip around the Inside Politics table.
(CNN) – One day before thousands are expected to gather for the funeral of Michael Brown, political and civil rights leaders don't appear ready to let the moment pass. On the Sunday political talk shows, many called for conversations about the relationship between law enforcement and minority citizens as well as a long, hard look at the tactical gear offered to local police after 9/11.
"There needs to be a frank discussion about how we change the way the African American community is policed," Rep. William Lacy Clay, the Democrat who represents the Ferguson community in Congress, told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "These people were sworn to serve and protect. And apparently that is not happening here. And so we have to change that dynamic."