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Police Tasers Now Equipped With Tiny Cameras

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Honolulu police have a new weapon in their fight against crime.

The Taser guns that officers carry will now be equipped with tiny cameras. Police say each camera can record up to 1.5 hours of video, automatically adjusts to different lighting conditions, and helps the department monitor the Taser's use.

So far, police have installed cameras on 500 Tasers using federal grant money and donations.

"We're not here to hide anything. You know, it can either help the officer or work against the officer," Tenari Maafala, SHOPO president, said. "And we have every confident in our officers that they'll do what they're best taught and they're trained to do in carrying out their duties."

The video may be used in criminal trials and defending lawsuits.

Police say they deployed Tasers 61 times last year, including six times on aggressive animals.

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