“I do not believe that all police officers are bad, nor do I believe that most are bad. But there must be a transparent, impartial, and fair system to judge those that engage in criminal or unethical acts.”- Al Sharpton In my opinion, all police officers need to have body cameras on ,while they are on-duty. We’ll be discussing the pros, cons, and price of policemen wearing body cameras. To begin with, we’ll discuss the benefits we could reap from cameras. In many studies, they’ve been found to decrease violence, not just from the officers wearing them, but also from the civilians.
Police brutality is a very serious issue and there are ways to resolve the issue. One might say, "Well cops have nothing to hide so it shouldn 't be a big problem for them to have the cameras right?" But regardless of the person who says that, police are humans too. Body cameras in policing will improve the accountability of each officer because people behave differently when they know they are being watched and police should feel the same way. The first reason why police should wear body cameras is because when police use the camera, the camera will
People should be allowed to protect themselves no matter where they are at. A responsible gun carrier could protect the innocent from the violent act of a shooter. A lot of people believe that gun-free zones are safety zones, but families of victims of shooters can disagree. Firearms aren’t the only thing that can be dangerous, yet chemistry majors create explosives without any concern. Guns aren’t the only thing that people should be concerned about, yet they overlook other dangerous factors.
Government watching is something that the government shouldn’t do because although there are bad people in this world it is irrelevant for them to watch everyone because not everyone is bad and many people disfavors this decision. In fact, the majority of Americans disapprove of the U.S. government collecting their phone and internet data as a
Officers often use their authority in ways that are unexplained. They act based on their instinct and not necessarily what is morally correct. Based on Herman’s article, “Police officers with body cameras are as likely to use force as those who don’t have them”. Body cameras seem to not have any different impact on force says management. Over the years Police Officers reiterate that they are the law, but their actions seem to be above the law.
The law officers was not charged for the incident, so it created a riot in Los Angeles. (Police Brutality). The final problem is there is not enough of different race working together. There was an investigation that was affected by the police officers, because of their nationality within other officers. “Additionally, the boards often found police unwilling to cooperate with their investigations due to a desire to protect their fellow officers- a phenomenon known as the “blue wall of silence”(Police Brutality.)
I mentioned a few reasons on how the use of force has made police officers look bad. It is making officers look bad because recordings from the public only show the beatings and shootings, but do not capture the beginning of the confrontation. It will be bet for officers and the goof being of the community I officers use body-worn cameras because it will capture every second that happens between confrontations. The use of force is granted to the officers if they feel like the suspect is dangerous or is not complying with the officer. It was a right given to them by a case back in 1985, in which a person was killed by deadly force.
Either way there needs to be something that can protect the public from police misconduct and also protect law enforcement from dealing with false accusations that can tarnish their reputation. That is why body worn cameras need to be mandatory for all police officers to wear because it protects the public and the police officers that are wearing them. A couple positive outcomes police officers wearing body cameras is how they can lower police officers misuse of authority and also lower false complaints against officers as well. These are two