Delaware police union wants negotiations over body cameras

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Long-proposed plans to outfit police in Delaware's largest city with body cameras may now hinge on negotiations with Wilmington's police union later this year.

The union that represents Wilmington officers has told the mayor's administration any disciplinary procedures or consequences stemming from a body camera program is a condition of employment that must be negotiated before officers begin wearing them, The News Journal reported.

The union's labor contract with the city expires June 30. The parties have not yet begun negotiations.

Proposals to outfit officers with body cameras have been discussed since 2015. Activists have renewed the call for them in the aftermath of two police shootings last year.

The number of municipalities across the country using body cameras has grown significantly following high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men.