- On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
After that decision, Brown's family urged all police departments in America to start using body cameras to document situations.
A camera recording in the Michael Brown shooting could have given us a better sense of what happened.
We wanted to know if Northwoods police departments think body cameras are a good idea.
Turns out, many already have them, and they like them.
Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins helped get the cameras for his officers about a year ago.
"It videos everything that the officer sees," Elvins explained.
Elvins' officers use them most in domestic situations or executing a search warrant.
"It protects the officer, it protects the community," he said. "If we're doing something wrong, then we need to be held accountable for what we're doing. This protects the officer if they're not doing anything wrong."
Video from the cameras can be used in court as evidence.
But it also could protect officers from phony claims of officer misconduct against people.
"I know that the officers like the fact that it's an insurance policy. It protects them," Elvins said. "Hopefully, we'll never need to review them, but if we do, we have it available."
The body cameras are often a good investment for police departments.
Tomahawk's cameras cost about $300 each.
The majority of city police departments we reached on Tuesday have them.
Lac du Flambeau has had the cameras since about 2009.
Chief Bob Brandenburg said for his department, the cameras "are the greatest thing since sliced bread."
He said they increase respect for police, and the number of complaints against officers has dropped.
Brandenburg hopes the focus on body cameras after Ferguson leads to companies developing better and less expensive cameras.
Police departments in Rhinelander, Phillips, and Park Falls also have body cameras.
Merrill and Minocqua don't, but those departments say buying them for officers is a priority if the budget allows.