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Correction: Body Cameras-Moonlighting-Charlotte story

Posted June 12

— In a story June 11 about police body cameras, The Associated Press reported erroneously that moonlighting officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, are not required to wear the cameras. The department changed its policy in May and now requires uniformed officers to use the cameras while working secondary jobs.

A corrected version of the story is below:

In Charlotte, body cams now required for moonlighting police

Charlotte is among the cities identified in an Associated Press review that require body cameras for officers who moonlight in their uniforms at security jobs.

An Associated Press review of the nation's 20 biggest cities finds that just six have rules mandating body cameras for uniformed officers doing work outside their regular hours. It's common for officers to earn extra money working for private employers ranging from hospitals to nightclubs.

Police administrators in Charlotte changed the department's policy in May to include off-duty work.

Lt. David Moorefield says the switch came after the department bought more cameras this year.

Charlotte officers first began using body cameras in 2015.

Susanna Birdsong is a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina. She says uneven use of the cameras is setting up police agencies for controversy.

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