Body Cameras Increase Transparency For The Law Enforcement Community

1774 WordsSep 26, 20148 Pages
August 9th, 2014 is a day that will live on in infamy in the United States and the law enforcement community. On this day in Ferguson, Missouri, a member of the Ferguson Police Department, Officer Daren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown. From all accounts of the investigation at this time, Michael Brown was unarmed and had been stopped by Officer Wilson due to walking in the middle of the street (jaywalking). What happened next is in dispute and shocked the conscious of America. While investigators are still trying to answer the question as to what caused this tragic event to take place and evidence is being presented to a grand jury; a secondary discussion has emerged. Should all law enforcement agencies be required to purchase body-worn cameras for their officers to wear? Are body-worn cameras a good idea or will this help to create an Orwellian environment? Will body-worn cameras increase transparency for the law enforcement community or will it create a greater divide? The first thing that needs to be taken into consideration when deciding to implement a body-worn camera system program for officers is which manufacture should be utilized and what will the overall cost of the program be for the agency. While the costs associated with body-worn cameras have decreased dramatically over the past few years, it can still pose a significant expense to both large and small agencies. Prices for body-worn cameras range from a couple hundred dollars each upward to
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