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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents work a traffic stop after an early morning stakeout on Jan. 8, 2020. Photo: Eamon Queeney/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday a body-worn camera pilot program for special agents in select cities.

Why it matters: The move comes amid renewed attention on law enforcement misconduct after a year of reckoning with police killings of Black Americans. News reports and human rights groups have documented ICE officers' violent use of force against migrants, primarily Latinos.

Details: The deployment of cameras will occur in stages. Special agents in the Homeland Security Investigations unit will start wearing the cameras for pre-planned operations in Houston, New York City and Newark, New Jersey.

  • They will be trained on proper use of the devices, civil liberties safeguards, data storage and more.
  • The camera will be mounted on the officer or agent's outerwear.

What they're saying: "The body-worn camera pilot is an effort to increase transparency between ICE and the communities we serve, enhance officer safety, and deliver on our commitment to accountability," acting ICE director Tae D. Johnson said in a statement.

  • "With its body-worn camera pilot, ICE is making an important statement that transparency and accountability are essential components of our ability to fulfill our law enforcement mission and keep communities safe," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas added. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that special agents will be the officers initially testing the body-worn cameras.

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Ice skating at city-run outdoor rinks will begin soon across the Twin Cities.

Driving the news: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff will start watering city rink sites in evenings and mornings this week, in hopes of having the ice fully operational by January.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

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S&P 500 on track for worst-ever start to year

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Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.