Body Cameras In Hong Kong

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Oddie Shoupe, a Tennessee sheriff has recently been sued for proudly stating to his fellow officers that he loves to kill people (foul language was used) right after they shot and killed a man by the name of Michael Dial. Shoupe made this explicit statement under the assumption that his men’s body cameras were turned off and in the trunk of their squad cars. Fortunately, one of the cameras managed to record the audio. The issue at hand is that body cameras are definitely needed, police dishonesty and brutality is a top issue in the world and if body cameras are used, American citizens and the world in general can rest a little easier. Body cameras can help secure evidence in court, keep the police honest to the citizens, and shed…show more content…
Hong Kong can be described as a very cosmopolitan city with a lot of international influences and there is a lot less crime. Hong Kong believes that the use of body cameras will allow their officers to better prevent and detect crimes and offenses. The people of Hong Kong are afraid of being filmed for the reason being that they are not sure where exactly the footage may be used and how will it be preserved. Although, the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-Kai says that filming random interactions with the public could breach Hong Kongers’ “constitutional right to privacy” and threaten the city’s cherished freedoms (AFP, 2012). There seemed to be a lot of controversy when adopting the cameras in Hong Kong affecting the people and what they felt like invasion in their privacy. According to Simon Young, director of the Center for Comparative and Public Law at Hong Kong University mentions that the Hong Kong law prohibits police officers from recording citizens if it breaches the public’s expectation of privacy, generally interpreted as any private space (Trinna Leong, 2012). Hong Kong officer’s do not have an issue about the body cameras or wearing it, but caution needs to be exercised in the usage of it when risking the invasion of the citizens privacy. But, there has also been police brutality; seven police officers from Hong Kong had beaten a protestant by the name of Ken Tsang he was knocked to the…show more content…
Body-worn cameras are definitely the future of policing, however there is still a lot of work to be done in addressing the concerns of privacy. Body cameras alone will not solve the issues that have materialized over the history of policing, but they are a really good way to start showing that police departments want to be transparent and start holding themselves accountable for their actions. This is a huge step in improving police and minority
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