San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis said 18 officers will be wearing the head cameras while on patrol in a pilot project following allegations of police violence against city residents, the San Jose Mercury News reported Saturday.
The cameras will be activated by the officers prior to each encounter with a member of the public and all recordings will be transferred to a central server after the officers' shifts.
Silicon Valley De-Bug director Raj Jayadev, who has been critical of police, applauded the AXON camera project.
"The AXON project is unfortunately a positive thing right now because the level of distrust is so high," the head of the community organization told the Mercury News. "But it doesn't address the more fundamental problem: What stereotypes police may carry when they see people of color on the street and make assumptions about."