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Environmental Police lieutenant under investigation after unauthorized body camera recordings appear on Facebook

Pat Greenhouse
The state's Environmental Police has a relatively low profile but in recent years has come under fire for repeated management and pay problems. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Civil rights advocates have long called for police officers to wear body cameras. But this isn’t what they meant.

A Massachusetts Environmental Police lieutenant is under internal investigation after he allegedly began wearing a body camera, apparently without approval from higher-ups, and recorded footage while on duty that was later posted to Facebook, officials said.

His actions raise serious legal concerns, specialists said. The head of the union that represents the agency’s sworn employees said other officers alerted the union to the videos. It’s unclear what the videos showed.

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