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Should Police Officers Wear Body Cameras?

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Started: 3/30/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Shaunak

Pro

Do you think Police Officers should wear body cameras?I believe that police officers should wear body cameras, because cameras are only present in police vehicles which are not enough to provide evidence for the public and even for the police officers. Now, you might be thinking that the video footage taken by the public is enough evidence, but not in all cases. Think about times when we can only see partial faces or voices on the footage, and people can even tamper with this kind of evidence.

A study was conducted on Police Officers by the researchers at the University of South Florida. The study involved a yearlong body-worn camera pilot program at the Orlando Police Department, in which they randomly selected 46 officers to wear the devices and compared them against 43 officers who did not. In the span of 1 year the response to resistance or the use of force incidents dropped by 53% among the officers wearing body cameras. Civilian complaints also saw a 65% decline against those officers. This study also showed a significant reduction in the number of civilian injuries by these officers and injuries to the officers themselves.

To gain more information on this subject I interviewed a police officer. According to him, the body cameras help the police officers as much as it helps the civilians. I noticed that he was wearing a body camera and asked him about it, he said that some police departments have made it compulsory for police officers to wear body cameras while some have not. I asked him if he had to keep it on all the time or not, he said that he does not have to turn it on during normal conversations but he has to when he is talking to someone as an investigator. When I asked him how these cameras help police officers and civilians, he gave me 2 examples, 1) a police officer asks a civilian to stop because he was speeding, the person got mad because he received a ticket and hence called the police officer"s supervisor and said that the police officer behaved rudely with him and gave him a ticket for no reason whereas the police officer was very kind and issued a ticket because the person was driving way above the speed limit, now this problem will be easily solved at a police department where cameras are compulsory because the officer"s supervisor can just pull the footage up and see that the police officer was kind and polite and only acted because it was necessary, but the police department that does not require body cameras will take time investigating the officer and waste the officer"s precious time; 2) an officer is chasing a suspect who is unarmed, the officer realizes that he might not be able to catch up to the suspect and so tries to impair the suspect in order to catch up to him, but when he takes the first shot he thinks he misses and takes another shot which impairs the suspect"s walking ability, when the officer closes in on the suspect he realizes that the first shot he took lethally injured an innocent civilian and killed him, and there weren't a lot of people at the crime scene and the scene also didn"t have a CCTV camera that can bring justice to the victim, now when a police department that requires body cameras takes this case to court the case will be solved easily and justice will be served to the victim"s family, but when a police department that doesn"t require body cameras takes this case to court it will take a lot of time and effort to prove what happened at the scene and the case may still remain unresolved.

Now people might say that their privacy will be invaded, for example exhibiting a picture of a crime scene where you were present, but the picture has been posted without your consent. Now, when we come to ponder over this we"ll realize that we are just making small sacrifices for a greater cause, only your picture/voice will be seen worldwide and that will not cause you any harm, and you will be providing justice for someone, somewhere, you just don't know who and where.
Tmurdock

Con

Thanks for the topic and good luck.
Everyone we need to see a few key details as to body camera. Where will the money come from? What are the regulations as to when and where the cameras must be on? What is the penalty if they don't abide by the regulations? This topic is really quite vague without the proper details there cannot be a proper debate. So let's go to point number 1.
1: Where will the money come from? According to the Huffington Post on September 27th, 2015 Obama gave different agencies grants of over $20 million U.S. dollars. Where did this stored money come from? Most likely in my experience from taxes. More taxes is the last thing we as citizens need. Let's look at point 2.

2: What are the regulations? How long do they have to be on? Between what hours? You see without specification police can say they "wore them", but they didn't have them on. This hinders the use of the device. There has to be regulations. Finally there is one more question.

3: What is the penalty if they don't abide by the regulations set as an answer to my second question? You can't really cut pay without being seen as "too rash" as James Norrington from Pirates of The Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl would say. There will be accidental slip ups. Don't fire someone because they forgot a few times. No one is perfect. It is impossible to be perfect. The vaguity of this topic shows that I am right. Overall here is why I urge the readers to vote neg.

Voters. 1. This topic doesn't have the outline needed for the debate. It is too vague. 2. Don't need the taxes that will most likely be the answer to to 1 since we can't cut funding from other laws according to certain laws. 3. No regulations set. 4. No punishment. So for those reasons I urge a vote in negation.
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Debate Round No. 1
Shaunak

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Tmurdock

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Debate Round No. 2
Shaunak

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Tmurdock

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Zarium 1 year ago
Zarium
Clarity.
Just because the US doesn't use body camera's, it doesn't mean ALL police do not. Please clarify which country you are directing this at.
I know multiple countries that are turning to self documentation from a body or mounted camera.
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