MTA police officers who patrol the subways and commuter rail lines would be required to wear body cameras under legislation introduced in the state Senate Wednesday.
New York City patrol officers wear body cameras, but Metropolitan Transportation Authority cops do not.
The glaring omission came to light after Gov. Andrew Cuomo complained about out-of-control fare beating and the MTA temporarily reassigned 400 of its officers from the commuter rail lines and bridges and tunnels to the subways to crack down on turnstile jumping.
NYPD officers also patrol the subways.
Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) proposed the measure, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan).
“It is imperative that all law enforcement officials abide by the same standards when actively patrolling members of our communities,” said Ramos. “Body cameras are an effective tool for ensuring transparency and guaranteeing interactions between police officers and every-day New Yorkers are recorded.”
MTA boss Pat Foye said he supports equipping MTA cops with body cameras as an accountability measure.
“Discussions with the MTA PBA and police unions are underway. They have been for some time,” Foye said.
“I’m personally in favor of cameras. I think they are good for safety, are good for transparency, and beyond that I’m not going to get into the details of discussions with any union,” he added.
It’s unlikely Albany would pass a body cam law if the MTA law enforcement unions aren’t on board.
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