POLICE BODY CAMS NEEDED?

There’s a renewed call for police body cameras.
Here’s why that may not be the right solution

POLICE BODY CAMS NEEDED?

The calls for police officers to wear body cameras is not new.

They came after Michael Brown was killed in 2014; after Walter Scott was fatally shot in 2015 and they’re ringing out again.

As the cases of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks reignite protests over police violence,

But the evidence on whether the technology actually reduces police use of force incidents or changes how communities view departments is mixed.

POLICE BODY CAMS NEEDED?

One study of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C.

— one of the largest, most rigorous reviews of its kind –

found that body cameras had no significant impact on officer use of force,

on civilian complaints, on whether a case was prosecuted and other outcomes.

Another study of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department found that body cameras reduced use of force and civilian complaints only modestly.

“The key is to have realistic expectations about what……..

DAWG SAYS: REMEMBER TOO BODY CAMS ON OFFICERS WILL AID THE OFFICER 9 OUT OF 10 TIMES. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

A FEW YEARS AGO PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING OFFICERS NEEDED CAMERAS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEN COMPLAINED WHEN THE OFFICER GOT THEM AND SHOWED SOME PEOPLES BEHAVIORS.


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