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Exploding Police Body-Cams: Accident, or convenient excuse to stop wearing body cams?

Police in New York have been told to stop using some of their body-worn cameras after one of them exploded.

On Saturday, a night officer noticed smoke coming out of their camera and took it off. It then exploded, the NYPD said in a statement.

It ordered officers to stop using the Vievu LE-5 camera out of “an abundance of caution”.

The force has about 3,000 of these cameras, but also has more than 10,000 other cameras that are not affected.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants every patrol officer to wear a body camera by the end of 2019.

Vievu won a $6.4 million (£4.9m) contract to supply body cameras to the NYPD in 2016.

“The incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite. The cause and scope of the defect are currently being investigated,” the NYPD said.

“There were no injuries sustained.

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

Axon, which owns Vievu, said it was working with the NYPD to investigate the issue.

“Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon. We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation,” it told the news site Engadget.

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Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz shot dead by police

University police in the US state of Georgia have shot and killed an LGBT student activist, sparking an inquiry.

Police encountered Scout Schultz, 21, outside a campus dormitory in Atlanta after a call about “a person with a knife and a gun” late on Saturday.

Video shows Schultz refusing to obey police commands, and advancing on them. A family lawyer said Schultz was holding a closed multi-tool.

The student’s parents said police should not have used lethal force.

“Why did you have to shoot?” the victim’s father said at an emotional news conference on Monday. “That’s the question, I mean that’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?”

What happened to Schultz?

In a video filmed by a fellow student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Schultz is pictured outside the entrance to a parking garage and can be heard saying “Shoot me!” several times while walking towards the officers.

“Drop the knife, man, come on” a police officer responds.

“Nobody wants to hurt you” another says, before one officer eventually opens fire, hitting Schultz in the chest.

Schultz did not appear to be holding a gun, investigators said, despite what had initially been reported to police.

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