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NAACP meets with police from 3 states to talk transparency, accountability

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 22:16:06-04

LAYTON, Utah – Officials with the NAACP were talking with law enforcement personnel Friday at a town hall meeting, and the topic under discussion was transparency and accountability within police agencies.

Personnel from multiple agencies were at the meeting in Layton, which is part of an annual tri-state conference for Utah, Idaho and Nevada.

Jeanetta Williams, president Salt Lake City branch for the NAACP, said they believe one step toward their goals would be cameras for every officer.

“It would be good if it was state mandated… they could make sure that they give all of the officers body cams, I don’t see why not, so maybe that’s something to address to the governor and to the legislators, and say ‘We need to have more funding so that these officers…. can all have body cameras.’” Williams said.

Williams advocated for using state surplus funds to purchase body cameras for police statewide, saying such an action would benefit the community. The conference is held each year, generally during this time in the month of September.