Recently Police Departments have been using these such body cameras and have seen significant results. Although some people may not like body cams, their benefits are too important to ignore. There has been many citizens that have complained about the use of body cameras. Police Officers have commented that these body cameras invade unwanted personal privacy. Some Police Officers believe that body cameras will not help decrease force by Police Officers because a
Police Body Cameras Should be Taken Into Consideration “In Rialto, California, a police department has been using body mounted cameras and recording what happens between officers and the public. The use of force by officers declined 60% during the first year the cameras were introduced and citizen complaints against officers dropped by 88% (Safety vision). This statistic proves the debate of police body cameras or not. Though these cameras have a big price tag, they are a piece of equipment all officers need to wear in order to maintain a more clear picture of what happens in an incident. Most normal people tend to have better behavior when they know they are being watched or recorded (Erstad).
“A 1985 Department of Justice survey of incarcerated felons reported that 57 percent of the felons polled agreed that "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police. "(Larry Pratt) Researcher Gary Kleck found that 92 percent of criminal attacks are deterred when a gun is merely shown or, rarely, a warning shot fired. This means that open carry would have the effect of deterring crime in the same way that a thief might choose another restaurant when he sees police eating at his intended target. There isn’t really any danger for a fire arm to fall into the wrong persons hand if it is bought legally. Firearm retailers are required by federal law to do background checks on anyone trying to purchase a firearm.
Although there is discrimination in law enforcement, many cops are not racist and do not racially profile people. There is discrimination in law enforcement because of cops arresting and being more aggressive towards blacks than whites. However many people think that police are not prejudice and are just doing their job. When cops stop people for seeding or other reasons. Law enforcement racially profile people when making traffic stops, people feel like the police target them because of their skin color and are more aggressive to them.
I think many Americans think that there is a problem with the black person whom was killed by the police, rather than the officer who actually murdered the person. Many people, like myself, believe that police officers do not always get in trouble when situations like police racism or brutality happen. They do not think about getting in trouble because most of them literally don 't at all. When cops get caught for illegal actions they are just going to get in trouble by there own friends on the force, just to be put on paid leave. Not being caught is a big issue and is mainly why cops think that they can do whatever they want and completely get away with it.
Because there is no definite proof that Leonard Peltier ever murdered the two FBI agents on Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, he should not be imprisoned for the crime. He did not own the pick-up truck that the agents claimed to be following on the day of the murder, nor can it be proven that he owned the gun that killed them. The two agents, Williams and Coler, were tracking a man that had stolen a pair of boots and were in unmarked cars when they drove onto Jumping Bull Ranch. Witnesses claim that they heard shots fired, and later saw a red pick-up truck fleeing the scene. The initial shots sparked a shootout between nearby residents and the agents.
Racial Tension in Michael Brown 's case On August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused protests and has drawn the world’s attention because Michael Brown was an unarmed black man while Darren Wilson is a white police officer. People believe Michael Brown’s shooting involves a racial tension between blacks and whites since Brown was unarmed and surrendered. In Ferguson, the majority of people are African Americans, and the majority of police officers are white. On the night of the shooting incident, Brown was walking home and confronted by Wilson because Wilson thought Brown was suspicious.
Police officers in this study have been found to not arrest these individuals due to the amount of time it gets for the individual to comply with the police officer. Although some police officers have been trained for these particular scenarios when dealing with the mentally ill, not all officers come into contact with these individuals. Some police officers are seen to believe that it is a waste of time trying to arrest a mentally ill individual. The reason behind this is because most individuals who endure these issues, are almost always released from jail and are sent to mental health
The Rodney King Riot happened in Los Angeles in the year of 1992. Rodney King was an African American male who was arrested on charges because of speeding, drunk driving, and refusing to stop his vehicle. Four police officers who have claimed to have witnessed King’s actions such as being high on drugs and was trying to attack them explains why they did what they did. A resident nearby by the name of George Holliday captured about 12 minutes of the attack on film. King was tasered, brutally beaten with side-handled batons, then forced to the ground to lie still which was where he was handcuffed.
The United states and their police forces are doing the best they can to help keep the peace, but from bad publicity and less community policing they can barely hold on. Also anti-police movements of citizens who disagree with the force officer's use during arrests makes the officer's concern for safety even greater. However,the media will only report the negative sides of police and their duties they do everyday. Next the police are targeted by people and have been in the 60s and more recently in the past couple months. In the 1960s Police were targeted by the Black Panther party and had at least 13 planned killings of police that the authorities know of.
For example according to the bureau of justice survey,Nearly 90 percent of local police departments were using some type of video camera technology in 2013, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey. About 17 percent used automated license plate readers and about 49 percent used video cameras for the surveillance of public areas. Facts about the solution of body cameras on police officers is”25% of the nation 's 17,000 police agencies are using them with fully 80% of agencies evaluating the technology”(What Is Police Brutality? Depends on Where You Live." NBC News.
People hear of police killing innocent black men and blame them for being racist. However, after further research, I argue that their claims are not true. When it comes to police shootings, blacks aren’t the only targets. Far many more white people are killed by police which shows that this is definitely not a racial problem. Based on data collected by the FBI, crime rates have gone down but the number of police shootings have increased.
Black people consist of around 13% of America’s population, yet commit around 51% of homicides in America. The police, when they go into these types of areas, have to be on high alert and evaluate every situation individually. Despite all the pressure of these situations, police are still less likely to shoot a black person than a white one. For example, there was a study by Washington State University that police officers were 20 percent less likely to shoot a black man rather than a white one. It also concluded that it took a longer time for a police officer to shoot an armed black man than a white one.
Studies show that use of force complaints were decreased by 75 percent once the use of body cameras was put into play (scheindlin, pg 1). Even though having law enforcement wear body cameras would dramaticly help reduce the number of cases involving police brutality there also needs to be some further training as well, for police officers it is hard to train for these very difficult situations and you really can’t train for it to some extent and a lot of citizens don’t know what it is like to be in a situation where you might possibly have to kill
This problem hasn’t been solved yet due to the lack of law. Civilians are not getting justice, when a police officer commits a crime and gets away with it, other police officers find out about the situation and they feel that if that one officer got away with it why can’t they? If Police officers were getting punished for their lack of duty, other officers would step up and try to avoid what that officer did. This problem has also not been solved due to the lack of judges not finding any officers guilty. Not finding them guilty leads to more police brutality.