Crimes and Body Cameras In the past couples of years, especially the last two, the shootings of civilians by Police Officers has risen tremendously causing many riot outbreaks with the suspicions of racism. Ordinary people in society are not aware of the split second decisions officers have to make in the heat of a moment with an individual who doesn’t cooperate. With the recent shootings, many officers have been fired and dismissed without pay for the shootings to be investigated. In many cases, it’s the officers’ word against the suspects due to the lack of evidence in the quick decision moments.
“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.
(Police Body Cameras: Do They Reduce Complaints of Officer Misconduct) For example, footage may be manipulated or it has low memory. On several occasions, there have been incidents where officers have used excessive force some causing deaths. The federal government should provide body camera for police officers for accountability, instill trust, and prevent violence.
Even though gun control has been proved not to work some people still believe there is another way to stop guns but the issue with that is that guns aren 't the problem. The problem? Well, the problem is that in these inner-cities there is a gang culture going around that affects mostly young African-Americans who make up a disproportionate amount of homicide deaths. In a press conference earlier this year, the Chicago police superintendent noted: “90 percent of the 12 who were killed during the deadly Christmas weekend had gang ties, criminal histories, or were on the department 's “strategic subject” list” (Hoilman). And this is not special in Chicago guns are not making up a majority of murders across the board in the U.S.
Capital Punishment: An American Controversy The death penalty is an issue that has the United States quite divided. While there are many supporters of it, there are many who oppose to the ideal of putting a criminal to death. As of right now, there are thirty-three states in which the death penalty is legal and seventeen states that have abolished it. Although the opponents of capital punishment believe this to be immoral and non-productive, advocates of capital punishment have proven it costs the government less as opposed to life imprisonment without parole and the death penalty gives closure to the victim 's families who have suffered so much.
Studies also show that officers have disobeyed the rules which means that before having these cameras on them that they have disobeyed them at a time or another in the past. Body cameras can help to improve and encourage officers to do better with how they handle incidents (Police Body Cameras: Should law enforcement agents wear body cameras?). Police body cameras have been put into effect. Police officers have powered off their cameras and some incidents then were not recorded or caught on camera. The American Civil Liberties Union said that cameras have to stay powered on, so the officers can't go to edit the footage that had been recorded to serve as a check and balance of police powers.
Lott calculated that around, “1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults, and 12,000 robberies could have been prevented between 1977 and 1992”, if only the concealed weapon law was passed in those states. People argue that giving people the right to carry around guns will only lead to more crime and violence. According to William Sturdevant, “most adults who carry concealed handguns care about the law and do not misuse their firearms.” This means that if a law abiding civilian has a concealed handgun at a sporting event, it could stop a public shooting spree before police would arrive on the scene. In some sporting events a police officer is not always a minute away.
Often people believe that crime rates depict an accurate image of the crimes taking place, however this is not true. The issue is crime is often subject to the various interpretations before it is recorded. The victim and the criminals have their own perceptions of what happened, as do the police that report it and the individuals who record it. Additionally, an even bigger problem exists which is the lack of crimes reported. In an article called Dimensions of the Dark Figure of Unreported Crime, Wesley Skogan illustrates that a majority of crimes go unreported.
So the big question is what do potential jurors know about police interrogation techniques? According to the study, by R.A. Leo, they do not know very much. The participants to the study said that all of the police interrogation techniques were coercive, however they believe that it did not lead to false confessions. In they study it says, “In general, participants rated many interrogation tactics as slightly coercive, likely to elicit a true confession, and unlikely to elicit a false one. Indeed, all but one of the coerciveness and true confession category means fell above 3, whereas all but one of the false confession category means fell below 3 (the midpoint of the scale, with 1¼not at all coercive and 5¼extremely coercive)”
In America, there have been many incidents that police brutality took place. From those incidents, 98% of police officers weren’t charged for their sins. As an illustration, Robert Davis was beaten by police officers in New Orleans and arrested
Police brutality has been one of the most dangerous issues that have been happening around the united states. A solution that has been talked about worldwide is body cameras on police officers. This solution would be very successful in stopping or decreasing police brutality The one that would be successful is the body cameras because the station would know what is going on at all times. How this solution is better is because this solution of body cameras would decrease the amount of crimes caused by the police and this would be beneficial for the police academy to have body cameras on the officers at all times. For example, the police at ASU now have body cameras on them at all times,"It 's just a process of us bringing the ASU police department
Sometimes things can happen so fast, the officer or victim could have a hard time remembering what happened step by step. Adrenaline could distract the mind from remembering the details of what happened. Cameras can capture every detail of the incident so that no details would be missed. In conclusion, police body cameras have enhanced the world and made things easier by providing us with the truth. Cameras help back up the officers’ and victims’ viewpoints on what actually happened in the field.
The many citizens who see it as wrong should not be scared to take a stand but to remind the police departments the many deaths of the unarmed African-Americans who were either beaten or gunned down. As a young black man I see these many issues everyday no agency to police the police, the alibi “I felt threatened”, and racism which are all the wrong reasons to harass people even if they are not breaking the law. If we are able to have many protesters in the neighborhoods the police should try to take the message of doing their job fairly instead of doing it their
Due to lack of evidence, it is often hard to charge an officer for disorderly conduct, which causes the public outrage and turns them against the justice system. If officers wore body cameras, there would be more evidence to support any claims made between both the officers and the public who ask for answers. A great example of this occurred earlier this year with the death of Mike Brown, who was an unarmed teenager killed by Darren Wilson. Wilson was indicted because of the lack of evidence that Brown was actually a threat. It was basically the public against an officer.
Yet contradictory to profiled beliefs, minorities do not make up the main perpetrators of secondary crimes. Statistics point out that, “the likelihood a stop of an African American...yield[ing] a weapon [is] half that of [a] white New Yorker”. One in every 49 stops of Caucasians revealed a weapon, while it took one in every 71 stops of Hispanics and one in every 93 stops of African Americans to achieve such a feat. In addition