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Environmental police officer probed for use of body camera

“They were very concerned with law enforcement-sensitive information in these videos being released on social media,” including information about investigations and even personal information about officers, said Sergeant Thomas Conners, president of the Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers Association.

FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, a police officer wears a newly-issued body camera in New York.
FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, a police officer wears a newly-issued body camera in New York. –AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File

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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