Body cameras on police Body cameras on police are becoming more popular with them giving evidence and giving more respect to civilians and police.

Glossary

Reluctant: Unwilling or unable to do something

Grievances: A wrong doing or complaint or protest especially for a unfair treatment

Regulations: A rule issued by authoritys that have to be practiced

Accountability: Responsibility

Recognition: Identification of a person or thing from past encounters or knowledge

Ensuring: Making sure something is going to occur

What is the purpose of body cameras?

The purpose for body cameras is to provide evidence and to keep officers and civilians accountable for their actions. A policy states that, “The body cameras “promote greater transparency, and accountability; document evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions, internal or administrative investigations, and civil litigation.” There are many purposes to body cameras,one of the top reasons that people believe that police will be less likely to use force unless it is necessary wearing the body cameras. A statistic states that, “Police will be more reluctant to use force unless it is necessary to protect them, In the past few years force between police and civilians have been a huge problem and there has been no evidence that the police did it to protect him/her self or if they just felt threatened and angry. Force by an officer dropped 88% after the use of body cameras.” Force between police and civilians have gained greater attention in the past few years with the police shootings. There are so many good things but there is also many drawbacks about body cameras.

What is the benefits and drawbacks of body cameras?

Body cameras provide evidence of guilt or innocence but body cameras could give police facial recognition and store information. According to Shira s Scheindlin, a retired United States District Judge for the Southern district of New York states, “The point should be clear: people behave differently when they know they are being watched, and police are no exceptions.” When police have body cameras on civilians and police behave better because they are always being watched and they know it could be used as evidence someday. Body cameras can be used as evidence but it can also store information and face recognition of people without their consent. The ACLU have longed objected that “police could store and use names and faces of participants to track or discredit people with grievances against the government”. In order for video to be used or released, it has to be preserved. The length of time for evidence to be in the court case is governed by the law. After you have been on video the police do not have any access to it and can only get access through the court. Police body cameras are giving evidence to police but it is costing a pretty penny from the police departments.

How much does a body camera cost?

Body cameras are very expensive, each camera costs around one thousand dollars and that does not include storage costs which is where the real expense comes in. According to Brian Bakst and Ryan J. Foley from the associated press states, “The storage expenses — running into the millions of dollars in some cities — often go overlooked in the debates over using cameras as a way to hold officers accountable and to improve community relations.” Storage expenses are often overlooked, most of the expenses of body cameras are in storage and not the actual camera itself. Bakersfield police Sargent Gary Carruesco stated, “the BPD would be spending about $440,000 in its first year of using body-cameras, plus an additional $240,000 every year afterward.” Police are struggling to keep up with the cost of body cameras. Violence with police has also played a role in the debate of body cameras.

Does body cameras promote violence with police?

Body cameras will not have an affect on violence with police because not only is it giving evidence for civilians, the police are also being watched. According to Shira Scheindlin and Peter Manning the authors of the article states, “Police will be more reluctant to use force unless it is necessary to protect them, In the past few years force between police and civilians have been a huge problem and there has been no evidence that the police did it to protect him/her self or if they just felt threatened and angry. Force by an officer dropped 88% after the use of body cameras.” Body cameras have a huge impact on police because they are always being watched by a higher power. Dustin Sternback, Chief D.C police spokesman's statement said, “is not for the purpose of identifying and recording those persons present that are lawfully expressing protected speech, but rather it serves as an accountability tool . . . with respect to ensuring the proper conduct of members and the appropriate handling of policing functions.” Body cameras will not promote violence with police because they have rules and regulations they need to follow and if they are being watched and it shows they are not doing their job, they can get in just as much trouble as a civilian breaking the law. Body cameras in the end will have a good impact on civilians and police.

How will body cameras help civilians and police?

Body cameras will civilians and police be more respectful and feel more respected in situations that are emotional between both parties. The Editoral Board states that, “Footage has strengthened domestic violence cases, recording initial statements by perpetrators and victims, as well as drunken-driving arrests. And both sides are more likely to be civil and respectful when their behavior is being recorded.” Police are able to notice little details about a case after it happened with live video so there is no question about what really happened and no two story cases. Overall everyone will feel like they are more respected, Sargent Josie Montenegro, a spokeswomen for Tempe police cleared that up by stating, “Nearly 90 percent of the citizens strongly agreed the officers treated them with respect, treated them fairly, they were honest, they listened, they cared, and they acted professionally,” All in all it just a better environment when everyone has accountability and does not feel like they are having their laws taken away from them.

Works Cited

Tarangioli, Natalie. "ASU study: Body cameras improve relationship between Tempe police officers, public." AZfamily, KVTK, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.azfamily.com/story/34340856/asu-study-body-cameras-improve-relationship-between-tempe-police-officers-public.

"Our Opinion: Body camera policy should be clarified."Central Maine, MainToday Media, 05 Jan. 2017. http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/01/06/our-opinion-body-camera-policy-should-be-clarified/

"D.C. police body cameras: Off at demonstrations, on for criminal behavior, public interaction." The Washington Post, WP Company, 20 Jan. 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/dc-police-body-cameras-off-at-demonstrations-on-for-criminal-behavior-public-interaction/2017/01/19/7e3eedc2-de67-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?utm_term=.36c159aaa3a4.

Scheindlin, Shira A., and Peter K. Manning. "Will The Widespread Use Of Police Body Cameras Improve Police Accountability?" Americas Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015, pp. 24. Points of View Reference Center. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=110622878

TheYoungTurks. "ACLU Wants Police Body Cameras Turned Off." YouTube, 19 Jan. 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2H1-H5lDAc&spfreload=10&scrlybrkr=792dcbd8

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