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1 No Country For Old Haters  Dec 2, 2014 10:35:18am

I’ve been pushing the idea of police body cams for years. The police have the power to harm or even kill us, and illegal and aggressive behavior by police is so rampant that they all need to be under constant watch when on the streets. The good ones will be shown to be heroes, and the bad ones will either change their ways or be fired and prosecuted.

2 HappyWarrior  Dec 2, 2014 10:54:59am

Good article. From what I understand, police brutality goes down considerably when they’re made to wear these cameras. I would definitely make them mandatory and would push for more investment in them rather than the weapons and vehicles that make our police resemble paramilitary units more so than police departments.

3 Lumberhead  Dec 2, 2014 11:51:47am

Body cameras should be a great addition but they won’t be a magic bullet, so to speak. More attention also needs to be given to the training and screening of recruits.

4 Danforth  Dec 2, 2014 11:58:34am
Body cameras should be a great addition but they won’t be a magic bullet

A 60% reduction in the need for use of force?

That’s magic enough for me.

5 Lumberhead  Dec 2, 2014 12:46:49pm

re: #4 Danforth

A 60% reduction in the need for use of force?

That’s magic enough for me.

Starting Sept. 1, all 66 uniformed officers here will be wearing a camera during every shift.

During the yearlong study, half of the city’s patrol officers were randomly assigned to wear body cameras each week, and instructed to turn them on whenever they made contact with a civilian.

Officers used force 25 times, down from 61 over the previous 12 months. And those wearing cameras accounted for 8 of those incidents.

I’d like see that sort of reduction in a police force larger than 66 before I’ll be convinced. As I said, they should be a great addition but I don’t know how well the experience in Rialto, CA will transfer to a larger police force.

6 cinesimon  Dec 2, 2014 1:38:47pm

re: #4 Danforth

I have seen other, larger studies that show they make a difference in some areas, make other issues more difficult, but are certainly not THE difference. They’re A difference, no doubt.

7 lostlakehiker  Dec 2, 2014 11:06:47pm

re: #5 Lumberhead

Starting Sept. 1, all 66 uniformed officers here will be wearing a camera during every shift.

I’d like see that sort of reduction in a police force larger than 66 before I’ll be convinced. As I said, they should be a great addition but I don’t know how well the experience in Rialto, CA will transfer to a larger police force.

There’s enough small PDs to make going over to cameras for small forces well worth the trouble.

What’s more, that 66% reduction may settle down to “merely” 45% when the dust settles. Still worth the trouble.

And we should keep in mind that the cameras are going to get better, and there will be a learning curve. The culture will change to fit the new facts.

Cops and civilians will get used to the idea that not only is it best all around if things go peacefully and respectfully, it’s just about the only way things can go without churning up trouble for the one who breaks that compact.


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