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What Happens When Police Wear Body Cameras

August 18, 2014  | 

Photo: Mark W. Clark for POLICE Magazine
Photo: Mark W. Clark for POLICE Magazine

Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine, the Wall Street Journal reports.

So it is in Rialto, Calif., where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras, no bigger than pagers, that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens. In the first year after the cameras' introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%.

It isn't known how many police departments are making regular use of cameras, though it is being considered as a way of perhaps altering the course of events in places such as Ferguson, Mo., where an officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.


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John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:53 PM

These cameras seem to work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right a shift her face discipline.
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
currently, the approach is to bring in person complaining, let them watch the video, and ask if they want to change the story! Many times they do, thus resolving the complaint before ever going to a civil suit.
Dashboard cameras, officers personal cameras, cameras used for security, and cell phone cameras, have resolved many scurrilous complaints of officer brutality, and in the same instance have proven case when indeed occurred.
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should conside

John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:54 PM

These cameras seem to work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right a shift her face discipline.
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
currently, the approach is to bring in person complaining, let them watch the video, and ask if they want to change the story! Many times they do, thus resolving the complaint before ever going to a civil suit.
Dashboard cameras, officers personal cameras, cameras used for security, and cell phone cameras, have resolved many scurrilous complaints of officer brutality, and in the same instance have proven case when indeed occurred.
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should conside

John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:55 PM

These cameras seem to work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right a shift her face discipline.
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
currently, the approach is to bring in person complaining, let them watch the video, and ask if they want to change the story! Many times they do, thus resolving the complaint before ever going to a civil suit.
Dashboard cameras, officers personal cameras, cameras used for security, and cell phone cameras, have resolved many scurrilous complaints of officer brutality, and in the same instance have proven case when indeed occurred.
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should conside

John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:56 PM

These cameras seem to work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right a shift her face discipline.
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
currently, the approach is to bring in person complaining, let them watch the video, and ask if they want to change the story! Many times they do, thus resolving the complaint before ever going to a civil suit.
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should consider the fact that when they’re out in public potential of being on a camera located somewhere is enormous. And, false reports of officer brutality can cause you to be sued civilly by that officer or defamation of character.

John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:57 PM

These cameras seem to work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right through a shift or face discipline.
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should consider the fact that when they’re out in public potential of being on a camera located somewhere is enormous. And, false reports of officer brutality can cause you to be sued civilly by that officer or defamation of character. Just a word to the wise!

John Parker @ 8/18/2014 1:59 PM

These cameras work, for both sides if in fact there is police abuse it is recorded. Many departments to use this equipment require the officer to keep the camera rolling right through a shif .
Additionally, it saves the taxpayers of any given county or city money, due to false reports of police abuse. In the past County councils are city attorneys would just pay the person complaining, so they did have to go to a long drawn out’s civil suit, whether or not the officer was at fault
I like them, they’re here to stay, everybody should consider the fact that when they’re out in public potential of being on a camera located somewhere is enormous. And, false reports of officer brutality can cause you to be sued civilly by that officer or defamation of character. Just a word to the wise!

Bill @ 8/19/2014 1:44 PM

So, that means you like them, John Parker?

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