Nearly 3000 NYPD body cameras pulled after one explodes in police precinct

Nearly 3000 NYPD body cameras pulled after one explodes in police precinct

Nearly 3000 NYPD body cameras pulled after one explodes in police precinct

The NYPD said Sunday that an officer out on a midnight tour the night before noticed smoke coming out of the bottom of his body camera and removed it immediately.

Almost 3,000 body cameras are being pulled off the streets after one exploded inside a Staten Island precinct overnight, NY1 has exclusively learned.

Luckily, no one was injured when the camera burst into flames.

The Vievu model LE-5 camera began smoking while the officer was wearing it on Staten Island.

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"The department is in the process of collecting and removing the LE-5 cameras from the commands now".

The cop quickly removed the device before it exploded on the ground, avoiding injury. "The cause and scope of the defect are now being investigated", Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Phillip Walzak's office told Fox News in a statement.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the Police Commissioner has directed that the continued use and distribution of the LE-5 model cameras be suspended effective immediately", the statement said.

The recall of the Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras could delay the department's plan to outfit all 23,000 patrol officers with body cameras by December, and adds another twist to the complicated history surrounding the mechanisms that have already led to at least one lawsuit over how video from police encounters can be used.

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NY1 reported Police Commissioner James O'Neill is prohibiting his officers from using the Vievu LE5 until the cameras can be fixed.

So far, the Police Department has deployed more than 15,500 Vievu body cameras to officers.

Axon, which manufactures the affected devices, said it was cooperating with the NYPD during its investigation.

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