NYPD pulls 2,990 body cameras after one catches fire

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The NYPD said it was made "aware of a possible product defect" on Saturday when an officer said his Vievu model LE-5 camera caught fire.

- The NYPD has recalled almost 3,000 body cameras worn by police officers on patrol after one camera exploded inside of a precinct on Staten Island, according to WPIX.

Officers who had been assigned the LE-5 cameras were told to immediately remove the devices and hand them in.

It ordered officers to stop using the Vievu LE-5 camera out of "an abundance of caution".

Axon - the parent company of Vievu - said it would do whatever necessary to quickly and safely resolve the situation, with the NYPD having become reliant on the technology.

As for what caused the Vievu camera to catch fire, the NYPD believes the "incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite", but is now investigating. According to the NYPD, "an officer retrieved a body-cam for deployment on a midnight tour and noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it".

Police are now investigating the exploding battery.

There are 2,990 of this specific camera in use in 16 precincts across the city.

The force has about 3,000 of these cameras, but also has more than 10,000 other cameras that are not affected.

"Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon". Overall, the department deploys 15,500 body worn cameras and plans to equip all 22,000 of its patrol officers with cameras by the end of 2019.

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