In today's world there is a lot of mistrust surrounding the police. Many people, some with good reason and some without, don't trust the police. Often times an officer is just doing their job when tragedy strikes and a life is taken. There is usually paramount evidence supporting a justified shooting. But, whether the shooting was justified and self defense or not, people simply don't buy it. They riot and call the police liars, refusing to believe multiple coroners reports and witnesses testimony. The media spreads controversy and reports on select stories often times while having only a little information, spreading lies and mistrust. It has become very clear that something needs to change fast, but what can be done? I strongly believe that requiring every police officer across the …show more content…
As is the case with almost all technology, there is the possibility of malfunctions is there. " In addition, cameras have a way of malfunctioning. For example, body cameras filmed two shootings in San Diego, but the cameras somehow failed to work. A police officer in New Orleans shot a man in the head while wearing a body camera. However, that camera also malfunctioned. Even taking the most optimistic view of our criminal justice system as possible, accidents do happen, and video footage does disappear."- "Don’t Jump so Fast on Police Body Cameras." TNJ Our View. N.p., 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 7 Oct. 2015. If the cameras malfunction, it could be disastrous for the officer, possibly garnishing charges and bolstering claims against him even if they aren't true. They could also malfunction and stop an innocent civilian from being abused or falsely accused of crimes they in fact did not commit. Even with technology malfunctioning on a daily basis we still rely heavily upon it in our everyday lives. Malfunctions happen and that's just a part of life. The benefits still outweigh the possibilities of a
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Opponents may argue that body worn cameras should not be mandatory for police offi cers to wear while on duty. These individuals claimed that body cameras invade the privacy of citizens due to the fact that police offices are able to enter houses while the hammer is rolling. The public may see the body cameras as an invasion of privacy to them ignoring all the major benefits that come with the cameras that could be helpful to them in the long run. Citizens expect to have their actions recorded publicly by security cameras or by others but the do not expect to have the privacy of their home to be recorded and if a police officer that is wearing a body worn camera does a house search the civilians actions are going to be recorded.(Williams)
So many lives could be saved and so many police officers’ careers could be saved through the utilization of this idea and the reaping of its benefits. Whether it captures a citizen attack on a police officer or whether it captures a case of police brutality, the great possibilities outweigh the potential cons of police body cameras and make them a risk worth taking. Whether one takes the side of the citizens and believe the police are typically irrational or one takes the side of the police and believe they are only doing their jobs to the best of their ability, the incorporation of body cameras to the controversial police force would be extremely beneficial for
Body Cameras Don 't Work If They Are Not Worn or Not Turned On After Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, America made it known that we want police officers to wear body cameras. Police Departments responded by saying they want officers to wear body cameras, too. So, if everybody wants the officers to wear body cameras why are there still so many incidents of questionable conduct that are not recorded? According to the Huffington Post, only 2 of the 27 large U.S. cities looked at had all of their officers equipped with body cams.
One of the most controversial topics in the past year has been police brutality. It hard to go anywhere or watch any news these days without seeing something on a different situation where either the policeman has gone too far and abused his or her power. Or where an innocent policeman was attacked and murdered for doing something simple like a traffic stop or filling up his gas tank like what occurred in Texas this past October. It seems like it is the cool thing in today’s society to hate cops. If police body cameras were to be enforced for policemen it would change both how the public treats officers and how officers handle situations.
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting prompted protests. When it was announced that Officer Wilson would not be indicted, the announcement set off another wave of protests. Not all police officers are dishonest and abuse their power but It 's obvious that today 's community of people has a suspicion of officers true intentions. The idea of cops and cameras has been around for a while but ever since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown the debate on whether police officers should be required to wear body cameras has been the center of attention.
A major benefit for having body cams is the fact that it will decrease the force used by Police Officers. For the past couple of years there has been many videos of Police Officers using excessive force against innocent victims, especially with African Americans. “The notion has been around for a while. But since August 's fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- for which witness accounts varied widely -- it 's gained traction to become part of the national conversation about police conduct.” (Brandon Griggs 1)
It is becoming more important for law enforcement officers (LEOs) to have video recordings of civilian contacts recorded from their own perspectives. Many times critical incidents happen out of range of the vehicle cameras. Just like most things in life, technology has found a way to make advancements in everything we do. Advancements in law enforcement are of no exception. Technology has put cameras in squad cars and now on our officers, but unlike vehicle-mounted cameras, the body-worn cameras travel with officers.
People pick the side that either defends or criticize police officers use of force. However, the people do not realize that this topic is plainly ridiculous and dangerous. This issue will not only hurt both sides, but also harm innocent civilians as well. Police brutality is a big dispute between different communities; however, there are several solutions that can solve this
The use of previous videos can be detrimental to new cops because it can teach them how to deal with many different situations correctly that way they don’t put their career in jeopardy or the lives of their partners in danger. Everyone knows that there is always three sides to a story: what one individual says happens, what the other individual says happened, and what happened. With the execution of body-worn cameras, it would eliminate, the reduction seen in complaints filed and sustained against officers and videos can reduce the need for lengthy
Body cameras have potential to help, even though they have a few flaws. Police behavior could greatly improve with the assistance of body cameras. The body cameras could be a magnificent idea and could improve the public's view on police officers, as long as they are utilized responsibly. Even though they are a good idea, police cameras do have a few disadvantages that cannot be overlooked. Police body cameras are a respectable idea, and they would improve the process of arrests, allow civilians to see the good in officers, and keep officers responsible and
People need to realize not all police are racist and should not be viewed that way just like how African Americans should not be viewed as thugs, gang members etc. The only way to end police brutality is if we remove these stereotypes from both sides. Overall there are multiple reason for police brutality which are stereotypes of African Americans, stereotypes for police, and the media. One major stereotype is that all African Americans are violent, aggressive, part of gangs, and do drugs.
In the last 10 years, we saw many conflicts between police officers and citizens, which result into dead of innocent people and it was not a good image for police department. One of the issues is that the law enforcement gives the police
Although officers claim they aren’t as unprofessional as everyone says, many people beg to differ. A lot of people have evidence on how they were mistreated, and how the officers weren’t at all professional. Others have been killed and seriously injured, but the idea is still up in the air after several years. To protect themselves, and others around them, police officers should be forced to wear body cameras while they’re in a case or are talking to a suspect while on duty. Having to wear body cameras would be a positive way to help the authorities to see the truth better than just having to listen to the voice recorder.
First, they shouldn’t wear body cameras because it raises high privacy concerns. For example, “Recordings raise high privacy concerns. In some states, anyone can access the video.” (Should Police Wear Body Cameras, pg.23) Also, “Study Reveals Police Officer Are More Likely To Be Assaulted.”
Speech Outline Title: Body Cameras I. Introduction Attention-getter: Body cameras were used because of Michael Brown’s death and police misconduct. B. Significance Body cameras may increase police accountability and protect them from accusations. C. Credibility: My interest in this topic is due to the latest deadly encounters with police officers and improving the communities’ safety.