MPD still without body cams days after they were supposed to be implemented

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Both officers and citizens said body cameras, dash cameras and GPS will only help Memphis by holding both parties accountable.

Mayor A C  Wharton promised the gadgets would start being implemented by September 1.

But on September 4, there were still no cameras.

City Officials told WREG they haven't even received some of the equipment yet.

No one with Memphis police or Mayor Wharton's office would go on camera to talk about it.

The both blamed contract issues that were out of their control caused the delays.

"We are not surprised. We were skeptical that this deadline would be kept in the first place," said Paul Garner with Memphis United.

The organization has been an advocate for body cameras for a while.

"We're kind of used to delays and excuses from this administration and this counsel," Garner said.

City leaders said they ordered around 2100 body cameras, 900 dash cams and 900 GPS systems for squad cars.

In a statement sent to WREG on Friday a city spokesperson said, "MPD is currently going through the next steps with the appropriate parties."

They went on to say there was " definitive time yet. MPD is still working with the vendor."

"Disappointed, especially going into the holiday weekend. We have a lot of people come in from out of town so we celebrating and sometimes things get dangerous. We want to make sure there's a record," said Garner.

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