Yes, I believe that police body cameras will help curb excessive police violence in inner-cities because police officers will be more cautious of what they say and do because they are being filmed. There has been too many cases where there is no footage of police officers killing civilians hence body cameras will help eliminate that problem.
Police body cameras will serve to protect the public as well as law enforcement in matters where confrontations take place between police and citizens. Body cameras can help curb excessive police violence in inner-cities. Likewise, body cameras can help law enforcement in instances where untruthful accusations are made against them. In short, police body cameras are a good idea to protect both parties during encounters between law enforcement and the public.
Yes, police body cameras will make society safer, especially in inner cities. After a rash of gun violence involving young people in various cities of the US, it is time action is taken to protect both parties. People can no longer blame police for using excessive force so readily because cameras will capture everything. A camera is an aide for police. People will be more hesitant to get involved with police, In a court case, camera footage may be used to reveal facts about an incident. Therefore, if there is wrongdoing on the police's part, the blame will go to the police. There will be fewer protests in the streets. Pilot projects involving police body cameras will get the program going. In the long run, everyone will be safer because people and the police will not be taking advantage of the system. There is also more accountability this way.
Police are often accused of using "excessive" force. However, "excessive" is dependent upon the circumstances of the incident. Body cameras will allow a determination of whether a given force is above what is necessary. This protects, or should protect, not only the person being detained or charged, but also the law enforcement officer. Offenders often portray themselves as totally innocent and being mistreated. Yet how often does a law enforcement officer have to be hospitalized as a result of an offender's actions? To often law enforcement responds and finds themselves outgunned and outnumbered. The true equalizer would be to use the cameras and allow the offender to be charged if s/he uses "excessive" force against the officer. The tape of the incident can be subpoenaed by the legal representative of either the officer or the offender, allowing the determination of "excessive force" to be determined in a court of law instead of internally.