Sheriff unveils cameras worn by deputies, says they’re the ‘right thing to do’

Come this summer, scores of Broward Sheriff’s deputies may be wearing body cameras while on duty, a number that will eventually reach 1500, the agency announced Tuesday.

While calling the technology “controversial,” Sheriff Scott Israel said the cameras — already worn by 50 deputies and that will eventually be used for road patrol, K-9, motorcycles and special operations — are “the right thing to do.

“We are a transparent agency,” Israel said. “We are not afraid of what goes on out in the street.”

Outfitting officers with cameras is a response by departments across the country after citizens’ cellphone recordings of police misconduct and at times, brutality, have gone viral.