New York Police Department halts use of bodycams after 1 explodes

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New York Police Department halts use of bodycams after 1 explodes

Officials did not say how many cameras were recalled, but the NYPD has almost 3,000 LE-5 models in use, according to ABC New York Station WABC-TV.

The officer wearing the faulty body camera was not injured. Officials said Sunday that use of 2,990 Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras has been suspended because of the incident in a Staten Island stationhouse, NBC reports.

The cop quickly removed the device before it exploded on the ground, avoiding injury. The officer took it off and the unit exploded.

More than 15,000 body cameras - which have also grown in use by emergency services in the United Kingdom in recent years - are deployed throughout the department. According to the NYPD, "an officer retrieved a body-cam for deployment on a midnight tour and noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it".

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"The cause and the scope of the defect are now being investigated", police officials said in a statement.

The Chicago Police Department, another major city police department which uses thousands of body cameras, said they use a different vendor than the NYPD.

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that more than 20,000 cameras will be in use in the 34,000-member NYPD by the end of 2018, a year earlier than anticipated.

Sidney Siegmeth, vice president of global communications for Axon, which owns Vievu, told Fox News via email Sunday afternoon: "We are working closely with the NYPD to investigate this issue".

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