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"On a recent Sunday morning, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson gathered press and top brass to announce that every patrol officer in the city would be equipped with a body camera by the end of 2018. The price tag, Johnson said, would be $8 million," Jonah Newman reports for the Chicago Reporter.

"But police officials now acknowledge, after repeated inquiries from The Chicago Reporter, that $8 million doesn't even cover the first full year. The long-term cost will actually be much higher: By the time every officer on the force is outfitted, the Chicago Police Department will spend more than $6.5 million each year on the body camera program, according to a CPD analysis provided to the Reporter."

So the CPD misled us on the cost of the program. It will still be worth every penny, won't it?

"Those millions will be spent on a product for which there is still little research supporting its effectiveness in curbing police misconduct, despite increased interest in body camera programs across the country. A 2014 study funded by the Justice Department looked at the available research on body cameras and found that most of the claims made by supporters - that body cameras reduce use-of-force incidents, civilian complaints and civil lawsuits - are unsubstantiated."

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"Within days after the release of the Laquan McDonald video last November - before he fired his police superintendent or established a task force on police accountability - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an expansion of a body camera pilot program, which had started almost a year earlier with 30 officers in the Shakespeare District on the Northwest Side.

"It was the first policy announcement by the Emanuel administration after the video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old McDonald sparked mass protests, calls for police reform and demands for the mayor's resignation.

"Less than two months later, Emanuel signed a five-year contract worth up to $10 million with Taser International, the stun-gun giant that is now the nation's largest body camera manufacturer, to provide the cameras for more than 2,000 officers in seven police districts.

"In government procurement, two months is lightning speed."

So that's good, right? Cut through the red tape and bureaucracy.

"To quickly make good on the mayor's promise, the Emanuel administration used an obscure procurement method called 'piggybacking,' which allowed it to skip the standard competitive bidding process and overlook two other companies, including Chicago-based Motorola Solutions. Piggybacking allows a jurisdiction to rely on another jurisdiction's contract for the same product or service. Taser International has been criticized by experts and competitors for encouraging no-bid contracts in police departments around the country.

"The contract locks Chicago into using Taser International's cloud storage software, Evidence.com, for at least five years. By then, CPD could be storing hundreds of thousands of hours of video, making it difficult to switch if the company were to raise the price or the department were to find cost savings in storing the videos on local servers.

"What this means is you will forever be required to pay them for their service, from now till the end of time," wrote Lee Richards, a sergeant with 10 years overseeing video evidence for the Kansas City, Missouri police department, in a June post on LinkedIn. The post didn't mention Taser International by name, but referred to the 'big mega-vendor.'

"Under the contract, Chicago will pay Taser International $78 per officer per month for a body camera bundled with Taser's trademark stun-gun, plus unlimited storage on Evidence.com. At that price, not including the increase of 500 patrol officers that Emanuel has promised, the total cost over the first five years could exceed $30 million."

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"A spokeswoman for the Department of Procurement Services, which oversees city contracts, said Chicago got a better price on the body cameras and storage than any other department that has signed with Taser International. (The Reporter couldn't confirm this claim.)"

Of course, getting an alleged better deal than other Taser clients isn't the same as getting the best deal from among all possible vendors. That's like bragging about saving money by buying the least expensive coffee at Starbuck's when it's even cheaper (and better) across the street at Dunkin' Donuts.

"She also said the DOJ, which gave CPD $1 million for the body cameras, approved the contract."

And we all know what a stickler the federal government is when it comes to contracting.

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There's lots more, go read the rest.

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Dance Like Nobody's Watching, Chicago
"If we keep up this torrid one-home-victory-per-calendar-year pace, the Cubs may lay claim to a World Series title before the Bears win another game at Soldier Field, so savor every victory as much as you can."

In The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report.

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Such a weird, hometown way to look at it - is there a single team in the NFL that doesn't consider the Bears beatable?

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