Report: Lawsuit filed by Decatur company delays rollout of Atlanta Police body cameras

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 22, 2016
Decatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

A Decatur-based company’s lawsuit against the city of Atlanta has delayed the implementation of a program that would equip Atlanta Police officers with body cameras, Atlanta Magazine reports.

According to Atlanta Magazine, Utility Associates – the company that recently received a contract for Decatur’s police body cameras – filed a lawsuit after the city of Atlanta awarded its contract to two rival companies. Atlanta Magazine posted a copy of the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court which alleges that the the city’s decision was arbitrary and capricious. To read the full story click here.

Body cameras are becoming increasingly common in police departments throughout the country amid an ongoing controversy over the deaths of unarmed black suspects shot by officers.

Utility Associates provided the following statement in response to an inquiry from Decaturish …

Official Statement From Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility Associates

We feel strongly that the process followed by the City of Atlanta for the public procurement of body cameras for the Atlanta Police Department was biased, arbitrary and erroneous. As a Georgia-based company, it is our responsibility to the public to help ensure local government follows its own rules and acts with transparency in the best interest of taxpayers.

We stand ready to work with the Court and City officials to solve this dispute in a swift manner and find a solution that benefits both the Atlanta Police Department and the citizens of Atlanta.

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