After a California police department switched to a new bodycam vendor, Axon threatened city’s credit rating

Taser manufacturer misled Fontana PD about terms of its contract

SOURCE: Muckrock.com

DATE: May 9, 2019

The deal Fontana Police Department struck with Axon sounded simple enough: a trial of five inexpensive body cameras and, for each of them, a Professional subscription to the company’s cloud storage system.

When the California city decided to use a different vendor years later, however, it found itself stuck continuing to pay $4,000 per year for an unused service. Exiting the contract, the department was told, could tarnish the city’s credit rating — even though the contract included a “termination for convenience” clause to avoid just that situation.

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