As body cameras find a place in policing, some officers seek them out on their own

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A widely circulated video of a slaying suspect rushing a southern Ohio police officer who chose not to fire his weapon shows the value of cameras to police, and how some across the country are buying their own when their department can't or won't.

New Richmond police officer Jesse Kidder was wearing a privately bought body camera that showed him pointing his gun but not firing at the suspect who charged yelling "Shoot me!" last week.

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Village police chief Randy Harvey says he would like to have the wearable video cameras for all his officers. But paying for them is an issue for his and many departments.

And while some officers are seeing the merit of supplying their own cameras, the Justice Department recently recommended against the practice.