Crime & Justice

LAPD to have video cameras in some patrol cars

The Los Angeles Police Department will have about 300 video cameras in its patrol cars by the end of summer after years of delay in adopting the technology.

Police officials said Tuesday that the cameras will be installed in cars patrolling the department's South Bureau, which encompasses many of the city's grittier neighborhoods.

It's been nearly four years since the City Council approved $5 million for the first set of cameras that will be installed over the next few months.

Some observers say the cameras will help hold the department more accountable and could clear officers of unfounded allegations such as racial profiling.

Officials say it would cost about $25 million to have all of the department's 1,600 cars equipped with cameras.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.