Should police be required to wear body-cameras while on duty?
Yup. And all recordings be made available to the public. That should make em think twice about blowing someone's brains out.
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.
For the safety of us and them both.
Yes, unless they're on an assignment where the extra weight/bulkiness could jeopardize the mission.
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?
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.
Well said. I agree wholeheartedly & if one is fair & honest then they should have nothing to worry about then, right?
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.
Area is irrelevant. Anything can happen anywhere at anytime along the thin blue line.
What's next? Should everyone wear a body camera?
I think politicians should wear body cams. 😉
Then we can get free porn featuring politicians bending over for their lobbyists! Yay
Sad that things have come to this.
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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*!!!
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.
Yes. It would show what really happens in stops and such. There are many officers that lie
And school teachers and union reps and doctors and ....
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..
...to their advantage, I promise you.
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!
Sure. For their Protection.
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.
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?
They shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone just like you don't prove to anyone you do your job correctly.
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.
The problem is not the police... It's with today's society and nobody taking accountability for their actions.
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.
Scandisks are small and store large amounts of film data
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.
Yes, but not for other people's protection. For their own.
Why not for the publics protection? Are they a police service to protect us, or a force to be reckoned with?
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"
If you're in uniform, you should have a camera. I think it's a great idea.
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.
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.
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!
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.
With few exceptions, yes.
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?
Why not? I can't think of any reason to be against this.
Can someone who said no please explain your mentally ill position?
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.
For they're protection.
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.
lets just cut the TSA from federal spending and install this instead
I would hate to be filmed if I was talking to a police officer
I like privacy. And having cams on all police officers is going to take away from that
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.
Yes. For the benefit of themselves and the citizens.
just as soon as every government employee does!
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
want any state federal or public employee to wear cameras to make sure they are doing their job "correctly." Ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.
Wow. Good for you guys. I'm really convinced. This must be one of your greatest accomplishments to date.
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!
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!
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.
i thought they were always supposed to uphold the law lol
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?
Easy fuck stick. It's called sarcasm.
And the little stars are there so I can use all the profanity I want right? *****
I don't think you know how to use sarcasm AT ALL.
You're right, I'm very sorry if I offended you.
It's was actually hard to detect any sarcasm in that statement.
Well what about the one about the little stars? Was that not sarcasm? Do you people like me now? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
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.
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
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.
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.
Uhhhh see bottom of one right above this one, and good job again. Great work!
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.
Mock away bitch boy
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Oh no don't go. Please explain sarcasm to me because I really don't think I'm getting it
I think I'm getting thru the "technology barrier" now.
No should not be REQUIRED but they should want to. With all the nut jobs out there
Sounds good but like so many safety ideas how are we going to pay for it. Instead raise the salary and training.
If I were a cop, I'd want to wear one in order to prove no wrongdoing
(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!
Yep, it helps the honest person whether it's a cop or victim.
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
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.
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.
You make a good point. I hadn't thought of that.
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
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
I disagree.....long before there was a police force or a standing army, there was the "citizen".....
"Protectors" lol no they just enforce law after it is broken.
That's the problem though... They aren't our protectors if it's gotten so bad that an overwhelming majority thinks they need cameras.
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.
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.
If they start the amount of women who get speeding tickets will increase drastically. Cameras mean no freebies.
Depends. Patrol, yes. Undercover or gang units and that type, no.
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
Won't have a monopoly on the story of what happened when you get to court.