Walker County sheriff on lack of dash cams: 'If you had everything, you'd still be missing something'

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Walker County Deputy Harley Elliott is sworn in to testify during the Robert Eric Owenby court case Monday, June 3, 2019 in Walker County Superior Court in LaFayette, Georgia. Owenby is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of obstruction of officers, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and other charges.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. - Only one out of every seven Walker County patrol cars have dash cams, but Sheriff Steve Wilson said increasing video footage is not a priority.

"I just don't have the funding for that," he told the Times Free Press last week. "I've always tried to put the funding in other areas, like salaries. We just bought new handguns last year, updated all of our new handguns. That was quite expensive. With Tasers, we try to outfit all our deputies with Tasers. That was quite expensive. It's like a pecking order. You try to peck with everything that can do you the most good. You're not going to get everything right. I guess if you had everything, you'd still be missing something."

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