Should Police Officer's Wear Body-Mounted Cameras?

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Should Police Officer’s Wear Body-Mounted Cameras? Matthew Salzman Information Literacy 260 The technology has been around for quite some time. But since the recent fatal shootings and mistreatment of potential criminals, the idea has gotten traction on a national level. Police conduct has come under scrutiny and has become a household discussion topic. Following the death of Michael Brown, a petition commonly called the Mike Brown Law was written to the White House -- proposing a law that would require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. The petition has risen to just over 150,000 signatures and was responded to by Roy Austin, Jr., the White House Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Council. Austin, in his response has stated that the Domestic Policy Council “supports the use of cameras available to all law enforcement officers” (2014). Studies among Public-Police Interactions Live cameras on police officers can serve many avenues; it can force the law enforcement individuals to be held accountable for their actions but can also protect them from frivolous lawsuits. In the article "Self-Awareness to Being Watched and Socially..." written by Rialto Chief of Police T. Farrar, (2013) a study was conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology in Rialto, California issuing body cameras to all 2,038 Rialto Police Department frontline officers. The study concluded with results that after supplying and mandating every police officer to wear a body camera, complaints against the department were significantly lower in conjunction with the use of force by officers. The Rialto Police Department’s complaints against police officers dropped 80 percent compared to the year before and the use-of-force was lowered by 60 percent among

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