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Why a limited view of shooting? Many police departments don’t have dash or body cams

(Photo: Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com) The importance of police dashboard cameras – and their limitations – was underscored last week when newly released videos failed to show events leading up to a fatal shooting involving two Lyndhurst officers. Lawrence Suffern, Englewood’s police chief, said his city decided not to accept a $33,000 grant last year to purchase 70 body cameras because it did not have the money to buy a dedicated server to store the video files or to hire someone to manage the system. Nicholas Pugliese/NorthJersey.com Days after the ruling, the state provided three dash cam videos – but none showed the shooting or depicted a clear image of the area where Ashford, a suspect in an attempted car theft, was shot. Authorities said two Lyndhurst officers, fearing for their lives, fired the fatal shots on Ridge Road on Sept. 16, 2014 after Ashford’s SUV was surrounded by police cars and he tried to get away by backing up and ramming a Rutherford cruiser, spinning his wheels and throwing up thick clouds of smoke and debris.

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