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The Southaven Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a plan for the Southaven Police Department to purchase body camera equipment from Axon during their Tuesday meeting. 

The police department will purchase 95 body cameras and 25 in-vehicle cameras from Axon. The cameras will be deployed across SPD patrols before the end of the year, according to Major Wayne Perkins. 

Axon is an international company that creates products for law enforcement agencies, including body-mounted cameras and non-lethal tasers. It brands itself as a company that solves law enforcement problems with technology.

SPD first received approval to test different body camera vendors in January. The department did month-long trials with five different vendors before settling on Axon. 

This move comes at a time following months of nationwide protests over police brutality. The instances of police misconduct that sparked these protests were made public through video footage captured by bystanders. Proponents of body cameras say they protect civilians and officers from false accusations.

Southaven police officers have faced accusations of brutality or overreach in recent years. Last week, a federal judge denied requests from the City of Southaven to dismiss a civil lawsuit over the 2017 killing of Ismael Lopez in his home by Southaven police officers. 

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