A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how Winnipeg Police Service was considering a pilot project of using body cameras. Click here to read it.
Since then, I’ve been finding several other interesting article about this issue and police forces in the United States using body cameras to record interactions between police and civilians. Especially in cases where lethal force is used, having objective video evidence may be incredibly helpful.
How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook was on Gizmodo.com and it discussed how the video recordings can help exonerate police officers as well as the marketing strategy of companies that produce this technology. The article states,
In fact, until recently, body camera footage has never been used to indict an officer.
Reports Suggest Body Cameras Are Only Effective When Cops Can’t Turn Them Off discussed a few cases where lethal force was used and body cameras weren’t turned on at the material time. The article also touts the benefits of simply having the body cameras in the first pace,
After a one-year pilot program that began in October 2012, the Mesa Police Department found that officers who didn’t wear cameras generated three times as many public complaints as officers who knew they were being filmed.
Overall, simply knowing that you are being recorded and watched may help encourage both police and citizens to be on better behaviour when they interact with one another. But the policies around the use of these devices is much more complicated than it seems at first.
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