Should Cops be required to wear cameras at all time?

Posted by: tajshar2k

  • Yes

  • No

93% 26 votes
7% 2 votes
  • It helps the police more than anyone.

  • As Mathgeek says. This stuff will help police as much or MORE than defendants.

    Posted by: TBR
  • It helps on two levels. one it helps catch misbehaving cops. Two it helps the cops if theyre falsley accused of wrong doing. Some cops in Britain have this and they love it

    Posted by: Stefy
  • Yes, but I'm kinda torn on it. Even most cops want these things mandatory, but liberals probably won't be happy with how these things turn out. You'll have these cases with sympathetic victims like in Ferguson, just lose all sympathy when you see things from a cops POV. Other problems include cops getting in close and committing brutality, but being right up on a suspect, without us seeing because the camera is pressed in, they'll be able to tell their own narrative "stop resisting", or "he's going for my gun", like they have a habit of doing. Another problem is that a lot of the people in the ghetto are animals. The black community will look very bad, once you can see the worst of them on video, and the police will make sure that video is released. Another problem is that people still won't get access to the videos they want to see. When a cop is accused of abuses an "internal investigation" will take place and footage will not be released when the public wants it the most. Initial studies have shown a reduction in police brutality complaints, but they are far from conclusive. Perhaps during the test run cops weren't doing their job as they're expected to do, we need more data. Other problems include witnesses being shy on camera and not feeling safe, the camera used to intimidate vislctims of police brutality because any differences in what they percieve and what the camera shows will be rubbed in their face, while a cop will be able to review the film before making a statement. Another problem is the armchair quarterbacks over analyzing everything they do.

    Posted by: Wylted
  • my best friends dad is a cop

  • Absolutely no good argument otherwise.

  • I'm surprised so many answered yes because it's a very controversial issue in Hong Kong. I'm going to answer no because it won't actually protect citizens at all; the police have the right to delete unused videos after a period of time, so they just have to defer arrest and delete any unfavourable video footage before prosecution. They'll likely just keep footage favourable for them for use at court. As for false claims of police brutality, that can be protected to some extent but I don't think it's a big problem anyway; few policemen get into trouble for such false claims and they're better settled with internal disciplinary actions.

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TheMarquis says2015-04-08T17:15:46.4769245-05:00
It protects the civilians from police brutality and the police from false claims of police brutality.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-08T18:33:01.9896191-05:00
Bipartisan issue, cops should wear cameras, something everyone can agree on.
TBR says2015-04-08T19:20:42.0070523-05:00
There are still lots of people that are against them. The issues seem contrived, but they exist.
Krampus says2015-04-09T07:56:05.3678193-05:00
It's very good in theory and most people on all sides support this, but realistically, it's difficult to put into practice. Lot's of cities are trying this out, but are running into many issues such as, how to store the exorbitant amount of data, how long to you store the videos before you delete them in case someone waits a long time to bring up a complaint, should they be recording for the entirety of the officers shift, if not, then when should they start filming since an officer may not be able to turn it on because immediate action is needed, etc.

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