We’ve been told for many years that there shouldn’t be any expectation of privacy. We live in a society where someone’s always watching, and we’d better just get used to it, because it’s not going away.
But at the same time, we all know how police hate being recorded. In some places, it’s even illegal to film cops. They hate being recorded, because they don’t want to be held accountable for something that they might regret doing. They tell us that if we’ve done nothing wrong that we should then have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t apply to cops.
It’s these recordings that people have taken that have many times exonerated them and have proven the police report to be false. If it weren’t for those recordings of police encounters, those people would have gone to jail. No wonder police hate being recorded. They’ve got quotas to meet, and they don’t want anyone showing that they routinely lie in their reports to justify throwing people in jail.
There’s a law in Missouri that’s being proposed that would protect false police reports and give police more autonomy and power to act above the law. Reason reported:
Studies have shown [police body] cameras both reduce incidences of use of force by police officers as well as complaints of misconduct by police officers.
Bravely standing against this new movement is Republican Missouri State Sen. Doug Libla. In the very state where Brown was shot and days of angry clashes between citizens and police occurred, he has introduced Senate Bill 331. SB 331 does two awful things:
- Declares that all footage recorded by police or police vehicles is not a public record and may not be released except via court order.
- Prohibits the state from requiring officers to wear body cameras or attach cameras to their vehicles or from mandating law enforcement agencies provide such cameras.
According to the president of the Northwest Missouri Regional Fraternal Order of Police, it’s all about citizen privacy. Here’s what Michael Harden told the St. Joseph News-Press:
“If we respond to and are speaking to a victim of domestic violence or rape or even just something simple like a simple stealing call, we don’t want that type of footage to be obtained by citizens, any citizen that decides they want it,” Mr. Hardin said. “This legislation would stop a lot of that and protect the rights of citizens throughout Missouri.”
Uh huh. Surrre it’s about protecting the citizens. Nice try in attempting to make this sound like it’s all about protecting citizen’s privacy rights. Cause it has nothing to do with giving police more autonomy. It has nothing to do with making it a lot easier for police to lock people away with no accountability.