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truantics October 15th, 2013 10:49pm

Businesses around the globe have been recording customer calls "for training and quality purposes" for years. Should American citizens require law enforcement agents to wear recording devices for the same reasons? (Insert shameless "Share" request.)

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jmz1202 Sacramento
10/17/13 7:40 am

Most cops I know already do. It protects them from people lying about their interaction. And can prove they perjury in court. It's amazing how many people lie to cops.

polster2 US
10/16/13 11:51 am

You have to keep them honest somehow.

GoFlo Peace Through Strength
10/16/13 6:44 am

Yes, for their protection and ours.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/16/13 6:30 am

Most where I live do record their interactions with the public

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
10/16/13 3:19 am

I'm torn on this issue. While it will help protect people from power hungry cops, it could very well scare an upstanding officer from doing the right thing. Even a moment's hesitation could be the difference between life and death. Then again,...

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
10/16/13 3:20 am

It could help an officer's case.

10/15/13 11:43 pm

Yes it keeps everyone safer.

fourwinds box of rain
10/15/13 11:08 pm

My instinct is to say yes, because of the abuse of power by some police officers, that seems to be getting ever-more prevalent, but looking at the comments I see some pretty compelling arguments against it too.

Great question!

presrvd Phoenix
10/15/13 10:32 pm

I voted no simply because it would seem to me to override Miranda in just about every way. Conversations can be coerced, as can guilt submissions, all violating fifth amendment if used as evidence.

presrvd Phoenix
10/15/13 10:33 pm

If used entirely (and for NO other reason) for quality control (to protect/fault the officer), I could agree with it.

GeneralDevin MN
10/15/13 8:47 pm

NSA already does it. 3,000 privacy invasion crimes committed in 1 year.
75% smartphones have NSA coding.
Over 1 billion qualified for monitoring. Roving bug.

The list is endless.
NY Times

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/16/13 6:36 am

1 billion would imply them searching well beyond our own citizens.

GeneralDevin MN
10/16/13 7:09 am

Did you not see my second comment correcting my typo of 1 billion with 1 million?

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/15/13 8:20 pm

I voted no, but only out of concern for my own privacy. I don't want every cop around recording my whereabouts.
But I can also see the other side of the argument, that it would temper police behavior.

lightsabr2 The Big Sky
10/15/13 7:18 pm

In cops vs culprit, there's always a guilty side. The more evidence, the better.

rickvee Living the dream
10/15/13 7:13 pm

Get ready for tickets all the time then. Police discretion means giving warnings. If everything is recorded and admissible, that'll be the end of going easy.

huskermedic Cincinnati
10/15/13 7:09 pm

Most do that already, it can be expensive so make sure they have the money to do it before you make it mandatory.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/15/13 6:57 pm

It would keep people honest, and count as evidence.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/15/13 5:58 pm

Absolutely, as it would be a start in making the enforcement caste more weary of how they treat us.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/15/13 8:25 pm

Haha, thanks. Autocorrect strikes again.

Congressman Louisiana
10/15/13 5:58 pm

So long as it does not violate the 4th and 5th Amendments.

gonzoboy Northern AZ
10/15/13 5:53 pm

I don't want law enforcement officials wearing ANY devices that would record ANY aspect (audio/video) of a "situation"
It gives Law enforcement an insurmountable edge and makes it next to impossible to create reasonable doubt with a jury of my peers!

Congressman Louisiana
10/15/13 5:57 pm

Unless a warrant is obtained...

gonzoboy Northern AZ
10/15/13 5:59 pm

Dammit! I KNEW you were out there Congressman!...

gonzoboy Northern AZ
10/16/13 1:22 am

Ahh hell I dunno. I'm jus' messin', I reckon. It all looks different now than it did when I originally posted. Margaritas do that, don'tcha know.. :)

10/15/13 5:05 pm

I think recording the calls would help expose the inappropriate behavior of criminals too. If an officer has it in tape it's pretty hard to argue with. Also it would expose bad police behavior. I say record it and let the chips fall where they fall.

truantics Connecticut
10/15/13 5:07 pm

Right? But somehow the "if you have nothing to hide..." argument doesn't apply to the police. Strange.

Fjolsvin Midgard
10/15/13 4:51 pm

It has been attempted but the police unions hate the idea because they know it will expose their members for the thugs they are.

XercesBlue ...
10/15/13 3:50 pm

Great question!

truantics Connecticut
10/15/13 3:57 pm

Thanks! I think it's by best one yet! But I might be kind of biased on that.

meaning Red Stick
10/15/13 7:00 pm

While I have not seen any of your other questions this is one of the best I have seen to date