Police Body Cameras Don’t Ensure Justice, But They Might Decrease Injustice

An interesting article in Slate presents a compelling argument concerning police body cameras: The theory behind the use of body cameras is that video evidence will provide us with some objective truth about what happens in violent encounters between civilians and police. But that is the wrong way to look at it. As the tapes of King’s beating and Garner’s death make clear, video evidence can be very powerful but still not overcome the vast structural advantages enjoyed by the police in the legal Read more […]

Police: No Body Cameras; They Violate Citizen Privacy

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 Read more […]

Are Police Body Cameras Enough for Police Accountability?

If the situation in Ferguson has done nothing else, it has highlighted the urgent necessity of holding the police accountable for their actions. It is very possible that Michael Brown tried to reach for a police officer’s gun during the altercation that resulted in his death. It is also possible that it didn’t go down like the police say. If only Ferguson police wore body cameras … I think it is more likely that a scared police officer started to pull his own gun, was stopped by Brown in Read more […]