LOS ANGELES — Police Commission President Steve Soboroff has privately raised roughly half the $1 million he says is necessary to equip 1,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers with lapel cameras.
A week after taking the helm of the LAPD civilian oversight board, Soboroff said Tuesday he has promises of $250,000 from media giant Casey Wasserman and an undisclosed sum from DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Soboroff says he hopes the department will adopt the lapel cameras within a year.
Katzenberg, one of the most active donors in Hollywood, gave over $3 million to Obama’s last presidential campaign while Wasserman recently gave $4 million to Los Angeles Unified schools.
Since the 1991 beating of Rodney King, the LAPD has worked to bring cameras to its vehicles, but has only managed to equip 300 of its 1,200 patrol cars with the technology . Chief Charlie Beck says a plan will be before the commission in two weeks to add 400 to 500 more vehicle cameras.