Holly Quan

Flaming Body Cam Worries Oakland Police Union

Popular Model Recalled in NY After Explosion

KCBS Radio Morning News
October 22, 2018 - 6:47 am

OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) -- A flaming police body cam in New York City is worrying police union leaders in Oakland.

The New York Police Department recalled nearly 3,000 Vievu LE-5 cameras after a Staten Island incident. The NYPD said an officer noticed smoke coming from a body cam. The officer took off the body cam, which subsequently exploded and burst into flames.

The LE-5 is the latest model from Vievu, a company which supplies numerous law enforcement  agencies worldwide with the body cams that have become standard equipment for peace officers.

The Oakland Police Department is one of those agencies, and Oakland Police Officers Association President Barry Donelan is worried. "It gives me cause for concern," said Donelan,"because we have hundreds of Oakland officers working today wearing them."

Donelan said the Oakland force is switching officers over from the previous Vievu model, the LE-4, to the newer LE-5. He did not know how many of the newer units had been deployed.

Oakland Police officials told KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan they have reached out to the NYPD for details on the Staten Island incident. They are also talking with Vievu for additional information, while undertaking an inventory of older-generation Vievu units in case they need to recall the "several hundred" LE-5 units that have been deployed.