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Body camera bill ready for Gov. Scott to sign

Posted at 7:24 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-07 09:47:53-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A body camera bill is on Governor Rick Scott's desk tonight.

It would set rules for law enforcement agencies that use the devices and it has the support of the family of Corey Jones.

Getting this bill passed is something the Jones family is passionate about. They've been fighting for this requirement since Corey Jones was shot and killed by a former Palm Beach Gardens police officer in October.

“Not only will it help other families, i hope in the future that they would be more protected,” said Clinton Jones, Sr., Corey Jones’ father. “Hopefully, if anything like this should happen again, we would have evidence on what really took place.”

The governor's office says he's currently reviewing the bill, which requires police departments with body cameras to have specific rules and training for using them.

“I believe that he will sign it,” said Jones, Sr. “I have faith in the governor.”

It's a measure Corey Jones’ father believes could have provided answers about his son's death.

Last year, jones was shot and killed by a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens police officer after Jones' car broke down on an I-95 exit ramp.

“If the officers had body cameras on them, the community would be more protected,” said Jones, Sr. “Not only the community but the police also would be more protected.”

The State Attorney still has not released the findings of its investigation into Corey Jones' death. Attorneys representing the Jones' family say the State Attorney is waiting on federal officials to complete their investigation into the case.