Saying "go do policework but must be recorded" (for money) is not breaking.
We are allowed to film all the time. We see it as a right and we are talking about it as if we should deny them the choice. Police the police is the next best thing. Keep things in check
I have been doing a lot of research and learning a lot about segregation among blacks and there have been a lot more blacks killed than whites. And when the police officer shoots at the black man possibly committing a crime, the officer doesn't shoot to slow down the person, the officer shoots to kill the person. But if there was a white guy put in that situation, the would probably be shot to slow them down or not even shot.
Being a teenager that doesn't live at home is a bit scary. If i were out late one night and a cop decided to pull me over, I would definitely hesitate to trust the actions of any cop. If the cop had on a required gopro camera, though, I wouldn't need to worry about my own safety.
I believe there is no better way to ensure proper protection for citizens as well as protection for law enforcement officers. If i was a cop i would insist on it. Any dispute could easily be handled. Police reports could be checked. And hell they could make another realty show...... O wait i guess they have COPS.
Like they say the camera doesn't lie but liars do. If you do it right, there is nothing to fear. If you do it wrong, you should fear. It is your duty when servicing the public to do it right. It is like healthcare workers who are supposed to wash their hands, but less than 50% do. So, we are supposed to trust here, when 100,000 people die each year from infections acquired from infections, and washing hands is the #1 preventative means. This is outrageous and a crime. People have to be held accountable when it is their duty and responsibility and technology, data is available to assure accountability. Do it right, do your job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cost does not seem to be an issue when the police buy Humvees, machine guns, and all the other expensive used military equipment. The current myth is that the military gives this stuff to them for free. Not true. AS far as privacy concerns...When does a public employee have the right to complain about being watched while on the job? Unless they are stuffing themselves with jelly donuts in Dunkin' Donuts.
No one loses in a situation where everything done is filmed. The officer is covered because he will not do something that is outside the law because it is recorded. The person being charged will be covered for the same reason, no excessive force done because its recorded, and no "resisting arrest" claims that can't be backed up. The recording isn't bias, it will show only the truth, no one can claim something happened that didn't, or something didn't happen that did. At this point its neglectful for us not to have this everywhere.
I completely support this. There could be an independent ombudsmen that could have all of the video links streamed directly to a server farm. During court disputes the panel could retrieve the footage for examination. If a police officer were caught acting without live video footage his word could be immediately discredited without any option for trial. Enforce human rights. I love this idea.
There are a few situations, where I think this could be justified:
When the officer is working alone and therefore does not have a witness for any problematic situation regardless whether it's to the benefit of the officer or the person he is "talking" to.
For riots and other highly aggressive tasks that have contact with civilians. Because it will help to solve legal questions about WHO and IF someone has acted unjustified.
I'm sure many if not all of us have seen in the media a bunch of reports of police brutality and excessive force used. Dashcam cameras aren't enough, and by having these cameras attached to them that they cannot remove, let alone stop, they will have evidence of them using excessive force if they chose to use such force. It will also help with their own protection where if they were being assaulted, they could have it recorded for their own safety, with the possibility of live streaming for people to view them on the job and to make sure they are being safe and handling situations responsibly.
Also, in Rialto, CA, it has proven to create more effective policing and 'In the first year after the cameras were introduced here in February 2012, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the previous 12 months. Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period.'
Fear. It is of no use to the good, buh to the bad, it can be a most dastardly tool. The way to fix police brutality does not lie in a constant, ubiquitous, routinely corruptible set of eyes to scare public servants into not killing people based on things as petty as perishable finance of the shade of ones skin. Nor is it the way to deter crime caused by poverty and greed. Just think, is it not fear of our fellow man that at the root has caused all of these recent tragedies. One does not destroy a weed by snatching at its leaves and branches. It must be dug up from the root.