Lawrence Police Department’s camera system is not only creating transparency, but also improving officer safety, reducing false complaints and working as a de-escalation tool.


By the time Carmel Police Officer Shane VanNatter shot and killed a man who is accused of killing one person and wounding another, the city had been outfitting all of its police officers with body cameras for over a year, spending almost $912,000 over five years.

The goal of the cameras was to increase efficiency and transparency, but there is no footage of the shooting that left suspect Julio Cesar Virula, 26, dead this summer. VanNatter’s camera had fallen off when he was running after his rifle bumped it. 

If he had a different body camera mount, that may have been avoided and there could be more concrete documentation of what happened that day.  

It’s certainly not the first time a body camera has