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Show Of Hands July 28th, 2015 1:31pm

Should police be required to wear body-cameras while on duty?

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RadicalJack Anarcho Syndicalist
08/08/15 3:02 am

Yup. And all recordings be made available to the public. That should make em think twice about blowing someone's brains out.

acwiz Michigan
07/31/15 1:37 pm

Yes. Because it protects the police from ridiculous lies and accusations. The greatest majority of our men and women in blue are honorable and only wish to protect and serve.

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Patriotzero USA
07/31/15 10:57 am

For the safety of us and them both.

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tdaddy Kentucky
07/31/15 7:31 am

Yes, unless they're on an assignment where the extra weight/bulkiness could jeopardize the mission.

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ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
07/30/15 6:01 am

Didn't some cop just shoot some dude in the head? you'd think these guys would know they're on watch because the media is on the watch for bad cops? they're not bad, they're psychopaths. Why would they shoot someone in the head?

LordAF
07/29/15 8:31 pm

Body cams and dash cams make everything a lot simpler in the court room. In my personal opinion, that transparency will do much for removing corruption from any PD's that happen to be corrupt, and it will be worth the cost payed in taxes.

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GloMom
07/29/15 11:06 pm

Well said. I agree wholeheartedly & if one is fair & honest then they should have nothing to worry about then, right?

Renxxx America
07/29/15 8:27 pm

Wow ok this was a weird result, if your ok to pay for this as a taxpayer then fine. But I think it also depends on your areas criminal activity and necessity for cameras on police officers.

Congressman Louisiana
07/31/15 4:03 pm

Area is irrelevant. Anything can happen anywhere at anytime along the thin blue line.

btwimspidermann
07/29/15 8:08 pm

What's next? Should everyone wear a body camera?

mac007 Mars
07/29/15 7:48 pm

I think politicians should wear body cams. 😉

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LordAF
07/29/15 8:28 pm

Then we can get free porn featuring politicians bending over for their lobbyists! Yay

kanji401 SoCal
07/29/15 4:16 pm

Sad that things have come to this.

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
07/29/15 2:57 pm

Just released footage of an officer murdering Sam DuBose, caught on body cam

m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55b91e98e4b0224d8834ee02

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elianastar Gab.ai FreeSpeech
07/29/15 12:40 pm

No. Useful to have when really needed but too many unintended consequences for all involved.

Plus, too often these turn up on YouTube & evening news where ppl are "tried in media" rather than court; @ very least, *releases* should be *required*!!!

jDinOR Oregon
07/29/15 12:13 pm

You have to remind yourself this may work to your disadvantage and that having your own recording device from your vehicle may be more useful when Police are not around.

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ArceusBlitz Left wing Libertarian
07/29/15 11:59 am

Yes. It would show what really happens in stops and such. There are many officers that lie

corino Utah
07/29/15 11:46 am

And school teachers and union reps and doctors and ....

Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
07/29/15 10:22 am

Body cameras open a whole new can of worms interns of micro managing and undue scrutiny. However, considering the body cameras will be a reality the criminals can no longer lie about what the cops did or their own behavior. The police WILL use this..

Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
07/29/15 10:26 am

No more controversy for thugs and Al Sharpton types. It's on the video! The GUILTY party will be clearly identified. This will finally stop all the second guessing of the police. Criminals will have no wiggle room!

jamjay Atlanta, Ga
07/29/15 6:54 am

Sure. For their Protection.

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herro
07/29/15 8:08 am

For both Officers and people. If the cop in Fergusson had a body cam, none of that shit would have happened. there was also a case where a girl said that she was offered not getting a ticket in exchange for sex. But his body cam showed her asking it.

Rainstorm Tennessee
07/29/15 4:28 am

Yes. If they arw there to enforce the law, they shouldn't be doing anything to be ashamed of. Why should police protest if they're just doing their job?

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btwimspidermann
07/29/15 8:10 pm

They shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone just like you don't prove to anyone you do your job correctly.

AustinNevitt71 indiana
07/28/15 11:13 pm

I think they should, because when they have to shoot somebody it show every detail. It wouldn't stop idiots from protesting but I think there would be less.

manny2000
07/28/15 10:38 pm

The problem is not the police... It's with today's society and nobody taking accountability for their actions.

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Bagreen Texas
07/28/15 9:27 pm

The biggest problem is storing all the data. Who gets to store it and how long is it kept? I'm all for the cameras, but there are some technical hurdles.

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trollthepoll Pro Choice
07/28/15 9:35 pm

Scandisks are small and store large amounts of film data

jlheathfam
07/28/15 9:26 pm

Generally good idea, but what if police film got out of you being questioned (not guilty), or victims in a state of undress, or recently raped. That doesn't seem cool.

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saxmann41 Arkansas
07/28/15 8:05 pm

Yes, but not for other people's protection. For their own.

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trollthepoll Pro Choice
07/28/15 9:36 pm

Why not for the publics protection? Are they a police service to protect us, or a force to be reckoned with?

1samsweeney Make America Great Again
07/28/15 8:03 pm

Yes so people see what's really happening so if you really have to shoot someone, they'll know it's not just cuz "there black"

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curly
07/28/15 7:54 pm

If you're in uniform, you should have a camera. I think it's a great idea.

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amgangel
07/28/15 7:50 pm

Thatguy-The decision could be made by each department whether to require them or not . If the department requires them, then everyone in the department wears one. That would keep the "dirty cops" from being able to opt out just to avoid being caught.

amgangel
07/28/15 7:49 pm

thatguy-The decision could be made by each department whether to require them or not . If the department requires them, then everyone in the department wears one. That would keep the "dirty cops" from being able to opt out just to avoid being caught.

deeboy39
07/28/15 7:23 pm

That was a dumb comment purple monkey, cams will stop a lot of that you are talking about, most of the people that are in the workforce are being watched why not them!

deeboy39
07/28/15 7:20 pm

I sure would stop police brutality. I live in New Orleans, and I haven't heard a case of police brutality since they started wearing the body cams. It's been close to 2 years since they put them on.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/28/15 7:15 pm

With few exceptions, yes.

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mintpokepuffs Reading, Pennsylvania
07/28/15 7:06 pm

It would make solving crimes a lot easier, prevent cases of police brutality, and if most working people are monitored on the job why not cops?

PoliticalMemes Liberty
07/28/15 6:44 pm

Why not? I can't think of any reason to be against this.

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L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
07/28/15 6:37 pm

Can someone who said no please explain your mentally ill position?

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jchristianreed South Carolina
07/28/15 6:13 pm

I once worked with Law Enforcement and I would gladly wear a body cam! Imagine how Darren Wilsons life would be different now had he been wearing one. The recording would show how HE was attacked first.

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Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
07/28/15 4:53 pm

It's a good idea to make it standard equipment but I don't like making it mandatory.

If your camera goes out you aren't allowed to give a parking ticket?
Wait, maybe mandatory is ok.
It could be a good defense strategy.

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OhioLibertarian
07/28/15 4:38 pm

lets just cut the TSA from federal spending and install this instead

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cnc123 SUPREME 2016
07/28/15 4:27 pm

I would hate to be filmed if I was talking to a police officer

cnc123 SUPREME 2016
07/31/15 3:10 pm

I like privacy. And having cams on all police officers is going to take away from that

Congressman Louisiana
07/31/15 4:02 pm

If you're in public you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Further more if a police officer encounters you, they have every right to record you as you have to record them.

themahcrow Louisiana
07/28/15 4:27 pm

Yes. For the benefit of themselves and the citizens.

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Idahologger up north
07/28/15 4:22 pm

just as soon as every government employee does!

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purplemonkey New York
07/28/15 4:11 pm

Police should be allowed to do their jobs without feeling scrutinized and open to the risk of legal action at every turn. Can you imagine the increased cost of litigation that the taxpayer will have to foot?! We allow this and soon everyone will

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purplemonkey New York
07/28/15 4:13 pm

want any state federal or public employee to wear cameras to make sure they are doing their job "correctly." Ridiculous.

Macmurphy35 Alabama
07/28/15 4:42 pm

As a citizen I want to be able to have clear recourse if a police office exercises an abuse of power torwards me. If there's no audio/video it's his or her word against mine. And that's scary. Of course, vice versa for the officer.

Macmurphy35 Alabama
07/28/15 4:43 pm

The point on other occupations is moot, to me. Other occupations don't consistently result in conflict and ir harm to one party or the other, or both.

b4mytime Orange County, CA
07/28/15 6:35 pm

See, the cool thing is, when they wear body cameras, they are MUCH less likely to engage in behavior that would reasonably lead to scrutiny and/or lawsuits.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 4:12 pm

Wow. Good for you guys. I'm really convinced. This must be one of your greatest accomplishments to date.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 4:15 pm

Sorry this on up above here is for the one right below this one. And one up form here guys. You're still doing great!

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 4:17 pm

I just wanted to apologize again for the intrusion, this has nothing to do with what I am replying to, so sorry. And it's two now I guess. Keep up the good work!

awkwardism dissent
07/28/15 3:37 pm

If they are expected to uphold the law then yes. If they are corrupt and abusing their power, no. Nobody wants to see that in in real time.

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OhioLibertarian
07/28/15 4:34 pm

i thought they were always supposed to uphold the law lol

OldAccount No longer active
07/28/15 5:06 pm

Wtf? That doesn't make ANY SENSE AT ALL. If they're corrupt they should be wearing cameras so they get caught, don't you think? Why place cameras on a cop who's doing his job right and not one who's abusing his power?

awkwardism dissent
07/28/15 5:17 pm

Easy fuck stick. It's called sarcasm.

awkwardism dissent
07/28/15 5:18 pm

And the little stars are there so I can use all the profanity I want right? *****

OldAccount No longer active
07/28/15 5:32 pm

I don't think you know how to use sarcasm AT ALL.

awkwardism dissent
07/28/15 5:49 pm

You're right, I'm very sorry if I offended you.

L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
07/28/15 6:40 pm

It's was actually hard to detect any sarcasm in that statement.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 1:09 pm

Well what about the one about the little stars? Was that not sarcasm? Do you people like me now? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
07/29/15 1:18 pm

There's a technology barrier where we can't hear your tone of voice. Which is why you need to be pretty obvious with your sarcasm on the Internet. This is why I think there should be a sarcasm font.

L1B3RTAR1AN Virginia
07/29/15 1:27 pm

Your first comment sounded like you thought it was rational.When using sarcasm like the way you did you want to make what your imitating sound as irrational as possible to show the irony. You only backed up your statement instead of showing any irony

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 1:44 pm

I hope you feel really good about cutting me down like this. If I can make you people see the irony in this entire conversation, I might have to leave the light.

OldAccount No longer active
07/29/15 1:51 pm

What irony? We were talking about why your original comment didn't make any logical sense and why you don't have a clue how to use sarcasm. Quit trying to play the victim card and accept you showed no sarcasm and your OP was stupid as HELL.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 4:14 pm

Uhhhh see bottom of one right above this one, and good job again. Great work!

OldAccount No longer active
07/29/15 6:32 pm

I'm done here, you're either a troll or moron, either way it's impossible to reasonably debate with you. Anything else I post on this thread will only be to mock you.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 8:38 pm

Lol oh yeah I really hope you didn't waist anytime reading all of that just to prove some stupid point.

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07/29/15 8:38 pm

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OldAccount No longer active
07/29/15 8:40 pm

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OldAccount No longer active
07/29/15 8:41 pm

This is really childish of me, I'm done here, for good.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 8:41 pm

Lol you are really fun to fuck with.

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 8:42 pm

Oh no don't go. Please explain sarcasm to me because I really don't think I'm getting it

awkwardism dissent
07/29/15 8:48 pm

I think I'm getting thru the "technology barrier" now.

zimm3287 Horseheads, NY
07/28/15 2:53 pm

No should not be REQUIRED but they should want to. With all the nut jobs out there

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browniescout georgia
07/28/15 2:53 pm

Sounds good but like so many safety ideas how are we going to pay for it. Instead raise the salary and training.

unforgivnn
07/28/15 2:36 pm

If I were a cop, I'd want to wear one in order to prove no wrongdoing

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unforgivnn
07/28/15 2:37 pm

(and that was an accidental hit of the "Post" button)

If I was in a situation in which I acted to defend myself but it wasn't clear if I had otherwise, I'd want the camera as evidence to back me up!

addisonbry Virginia
07/28/15 2:51 pm

Yep, it helps the honest person whether it's a cop or victim.

amgangel
07/28/15 2:52 pm

This exactly. I don't necessarily agree with it being mandatory, but if it was me I would want to wear one for the exact reason you mentioned-for my own protection against individuals who might try and question my actions or accuse me of wrong doing

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
07/28/15 3:09 pm

So dirty cops should have the option to opt-out?

unforgivnn
07/28/15 3:19 pm

I don't think it should be required by law, but I think each police unit should decide (as a company rule) whether or not it should be mandatory.

amgangel
07/28/15 7:52 pm

Thatguy-The decision could be made by each department whether to require them or not . If the department requires them, then everyone in the department wears one. That would keep the "dirty cops" from being able to opt out just to avoid being caught.

amgangel
07/28/15 7:53 pm

I'm ok with the decision being made by each department. If they are going to require it then the department needs to pay for it, not the individual cops. I just don't think there should be an overall federal law mandating it.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
07/28/15 8:02 pm

Disagree. I think these cases of brutality we've seen are largely a reflection of the culture in the departments the officers are in. The departments who need the most oversight are the least likely to adopt use of the cameras.

amgangel
07/28/15 9:17 pm

You make a good point. I hadn't thought of that.

gibby21 minnesota
07/28/15 2:18 pm

Too often the police are also dealing with victims of crime and I have concern that the victim will be on film and that film could be used properly

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Sentinel Ya ie wa noh
07/28/15 2:23 pm

Simple;........"Regulate it".......

Reaganomics34
07/28/15 1:55 pm

I keep seeing the same liberal usernames pop up & basically shitting all over the police force.On the other hand I see conservative usernames Pop up & defend the police force.I guess that's the difference between those who stand behind our protectors

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Sentinel Ya ie wa noh
07/28/15 2:22 pm

I disagree.....long before there was a police force or a standing army, there was the "citizen".....

rambo088 kansas
07/28/15 2:22 pm

"Protectors" lol no they just enforce law after it is broken.

addisonbry Virginia
07/28/15 2:22 pm

That's the problem though... They aren't our protectors if it's gotten so bad that an overwhelming majority thinks they need cameras.

b4mytime Orange County, CA
07/28/15 6:38 pm

I do stand behind our police force, but I'm also reasonable enough to realize that they are humans who often let the stress of their job get to them. Like the rest of us, they can act out of anger and frustration, but the stakes are higher with them.

b4mytime Orange County, CA
07/28/15 6:39 pm

So calling for body cameras is NOT the same as failing to stand behind the police force. It's simply ensuring the best case for everyone involved.

anse Tennessee
07/28/15 1:51 pm

If they start the amount of women who get speeding tickets will increase drastically. Cameras mean no freebies.

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DamageInc California
07/28/15 1:15 pm

Depends. Patrol, yes. Undercover or gang units and that type, no.

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RepMorris Pennsylvania
07/28/15 12:54 pm

I love the idea and believe it is very well intentioned. But I do not trust the police to just hand over a clean and unedited video of any incident anyway. That's why I film my own police encounters. Remember, if you document your interactions, they

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RepMorris Pennsylvania
07/28/15 12:54 pm

Won't have a monopoly on the story of what happened when you get to court.