Police: We’ll Wear Body Cameras, But No One’s Allowed to See the Footage

Are body cameras reasonable for police? I don’t like the idea of a surveillance state, but I can’t deny the importance of recording police encounters. Not every encounter we’ll have with police will be a dangerous one, but we definitely wouldn’t want to be in a position where we were injured by a cop or worse, without having recorded the incident. We’d have to appeal to the police report which would most likely condemn us, the dashcam video, or the cops’ body cameras, if they were even 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 […]