The Green Bay Packers have chipped in to help local police purchase body cameras, just months after the tragic police shooting of Jacob Blake.
On Wednesday (Dec. 16), the organization revealed that they have donated $900,000 towards the expenses for local law enforcement to get body cams. The team will reportedly cover the costs for the first year, but Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich says taxpayers may have to foot the bill in the future.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy said the team’s decision to donate stemmed from the August shooting of Blake. A Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot Blake multiple times in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting sparked several protests in the city, some of which turned violent.
“Starting early training camp with the Jacob Blake shooting, I think that was an example just the sense that we’ve been talking about this for long enough, we wanted to do something concrete,” he said.
“It’s something we just felt was very important and we wanted to see what’s a measurable thing that we can do to impact, and do it now,” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said.
Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said he hopes to have the cameras on the law enforcement officers by March. They also hope to use the cameras as a training tool.
Green Bay Police Investigative Capt. Ben Allen said the body cams will allow them a chance to review video of their officers as they go on calls, interact around the community and will give them a chance to submit video for review. “That can be they felt good about this citizen contact and they wanted us to see what this was like, may have felt something could’ve been done better or it just didn’t go right and they’re looking for those pointers on how to fix those things,” Allen said.