Police Body Cameras Disadvantages

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Another advantage to implementing police body cameras is that it would lower lawsuit costs from expedited resolutions of complaints and lawsuits. It may seem small but a footage from a body camera provides a judge with truthful evidence of what transpired throughout the incident. Frivolous complaints towards a police officer cost a large amount of money in terms of jury verdicts and out-of-court settlements (Ramirez). So to cut the time spent arguing a case involving an officer would be cut down with the demonstration of a video type. But to go even further, any idle complaints could be forgotten if the videotape shows that the officer’s actions are justified within the incident. It is common for police departments to settle objections out…show more content…
Individuals within the society see body cameras interfering with police officers’ and citizens’ privacy, much training, and policy are needed when trying to incorporate cameras, and a large number of money and resources the are required to carry out this program.
⇒Privacy is one trouble about recording the interaction between officers and citizens. As mention previously, body cameras are meant to make officers more translucent. But on the other hand, are regular day-to-day people being able to free see videos freely without looking to see if it contains any sensitive and private footage? For instance, an individual who did not agree with an officer’s action, therefore, requested the film captured from the body camera. That individual uploads the video onto the web. So when the victim stumbles across it, they will be embarrassed that he or she has been exposed in such manner all over the Internet. But not only that, they have to relive through that incident which could have been traumatic for the victim. There should be a compromise so that no one could be negatively affected by the images captured by the body cameras. To protect a police officer’s privacy during their conversation with citizens, the body camera would always be turned on but without audio. However, when an officer double-clicks the recorder, the 30
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If the police officer is viewed as an abuser on the film they are likely to switch it off. Because the problem here is police brutality, it is very hard to believe the ruling of an officer to document everything that occurs in the video (Cummings). To solve this part of the issue would be making cameras tamper-proof. Cameras having no delete button, so no footage could be erased by the officer if he or she has a feeling that it could be harmful to their career reputation (Channel 2). Another method to control the temptation of messing with the camera would be live stream the video to the area where another officer is on duty. Where that on duty officer is able to monitor the film for any incident and start recording when
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