Attorney General Merrick Garland says that when he learned that federal law enforcement agents were not required to wear body cameras, he promptly resolved the issue.
"When I first got in and learned that we were not wearing them. I asked 'why not?' and I directed our deputy attorney general to resolve that issue," Garland said in a response to a question from Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen about receiving use of force data from law enforcement.
"It is voluntary, that not all federal law enforcement agencies provide this information. I would just like to get your commitment here today that all federal law enforcement agencies that come under your jurisdiction will report this data," Van Hollen said.
"I didn't know we weren't recording ... We'll get on that. I appreciate that," Garland said.
Some background: On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco issued a memo that rescinded a previous administration's policy that federal law enforcement officers didn't have to wear body worn cameras when interacting with the public.
The new policy says that must wear and activate them during any interactions including serving a search warrant.