NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The city will likely equip its police officers with dashboard and body cameras, possibly at a cost of more than $200,000 over five years.However, Mayor Robert Stefanik said the proposed move has nothing to do with recent charges of perjury, tampering with evidence and falsification against North Royalton police officer Steven Zahursky. The charges stem from a 2018 arrest involving a cell phone video, taken by the person arrested, that reportedly contradicts Zahursky’s report of the incident. Also, Stefanik said the decision to acquire dashboard and body cameras for police isn’t related to a 2017 wrongful-death lawsuit over the North Royalton police shooting of a mentally ill man.“We’ve talked about it going back to 2010, and long before I was mayor,” Stefanik told cleveland.com. “We’re at the point where the technology is more advanced, and the price continues to drop.”City Council’s Safety Committee weighed the issue in March and was expected to resume the discussion Tuesday (April 16). Council members have expressed support for the proposal.“It’s unfortunate, but in today’s world, everybody has a phone and a camera,” Council President Larry Antoskiewicz said. “So whether or not you think you’re being recorded, we all know the… Read full this story
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