Video Footage has the potential to expose officer misconduct and exonerate civilians whose actions have been falsely accused by officers. In the case of John Crawford III, going into his local Walmart, just wanting to spend quality time with his family roasting s’mores. Officers had over 200 video cameras showing he wasn’t doing anything wrong, but they refused to look at them. Even though he had an unloaded pellet gun that he picked up off the shelf. Why shoot, instead of tasering him. (Harvard Law Review N.A., 2015). Even with some witnesses around that still didn’t stop New York Police officers from using excessive force on Eric Garner. His death was recorded, and the officers were indicted. There are many cases where officers are accused of excessive force such as PEOPLE vs ATKINSON. In cases such as this, there are officers stating force was necessary and defendants saying that unnecessary force had been used. The use of cameras helps to determine without prejudice and protect all
In the past years there have been a multitude of cases of police brutality where the officer and the victim plead two different things. One of the most notable one of this decade is the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of Michael Brown happened in 2014 where a Ferguson police officer fired twelve shots at an unarmed Michael Brown. Witnesses have said many different things about what Brown was doing with his hands as he approached the officer. This killing created unrest in Ferguson and many riots followed in support of Brown. If the officer had a body camera we could see exactly what Brown was doing, whether he was surrendering or reaching for a weapon. This may have prevented the riots and gave solid evidence to prove who was the culprit in the case. Many more incidents like this have happened, but this one has been the more talked about in the
Some examples of the raw footage being released into the public can cause problems. One such case is Michael Bennet at the Mayweather vs. Mcgregor fight where there were falsely reported gunshots and Michael was running out of the building when police stopped and was detained for 17 minutes. He seen as running from the cops so they considered him suspicious and was detained. There were false accusations before the footage was released and the case was closed with no one being arrested or hurt (Chiari). Another such case is with officer Anthony Cano who came up to a wrecked car on the side of the road. When he searched the vehicle some one was inside and he seemed suspicious and the officer asked
While racing down the freeway on March 3, 1991, driver Rodney King and friends were leading the Los Angeles Police Department on a high speed chase making it up to 115 miles per hour. When King was eventually caught, officers pulled him from his car and began to beat King with their batons hitting and kicking him more than 50 times and shocking him with stun guns in a period of two minutes as he struggled helplessly on the ground outside of his car. King suffered 11 skull fractures, kidney damage, and brain damage. This was one of America’s first viral video of what excessive force is, and it changed the way police interacted with communities forever. The use of police force is an obligation, but unfortunately some officers may misuse, or abuse
Imagine If you were a victim of police brutality and you had done nothing wrong or you didn’t oppose a threat to the officer take a step into the victim's shoes. This Is a controversial issue because people around the world are killed or injured because of unnecessary
There has been a lot of talk lately in the news about police body cameras. Some people agree that body cameras should be used by all police officers, while others disagree and believe that they shouldn’t be used at all. There are some cons to having body cameras but all of the pros outweigh it. Police body cameras should be used in all towns no matter how small because the people will act less aggressive towards officers, they provide truthful evidence that cannot be altered with, and the videos can be stored so if something were to happen, they could be brought up and checked as sort of like a surveillance device.
A controversial topic in today’s policing is whether police use reasonable force or excessive force in certain situations. By definition excessive force is any force beyond what’s necessary to arrest a suspect and keep police and bystanders safe. There have been a number of occasions where an officer has crossed the line and went farther then he or she needed to subdue the person getting arrested. With social media and the constant need to record things on camera many of these incidents have gone viral and caught the attention of the public. This can be helpful in certain cases and at the same time recording an officer puts him in a situation where he knows he is being recorded so he has to be mindful of what he says and does. That can cloud his judgement and put the bystanders in danger as well as himself.
Over the last few years, many citizens across the country have been stepping up and voicing their opinions of police brutality. Thanks to many recent amateur videos, there are many cases where I feel police could have handled situations differently. It is important that police should use lethal force only as a last resort. When there are no laws enforced on the people who enforce them, total anarchy can
The Changes in Law Enforcement All together law enforcement has changed, but few see the drastic changes that have happened. Everyday, police and sheriffs are working to keep the people in their community safe. With improved technological advances and social changes, police and sheriffs are
Since these events, however, law enforcement body cameras have been the talk of the nation. With regards to the case concerning the death of Michael Brown, many individuals across the country sternly believe that if there had been actual footage of the shooting that day, Officer Wilson would have been
Body cameras on police officers should be a Bystanders often film police interactions and sometimes catch police officers acting in ways that look incriminating. The problem with this is that most of the time, there is no context and people watching the video do not know what the circumstances behind the video were. Implementing body cameras would prevent any misunderstandings that could harm the police officers. To support this, the article “Police Body Cameras Offer Protection For All” writes, “Moreover, when a citizen cellphone video involving police activity surfaces, it may or may not show how the situation unfolded from the moment police arrived on the scene. It's in the best interest of law enforcement to have video documentation of its own that might bring extenuating circumstances to light.” This will prevent false accusations and help protect the jobs of police officers
Police body cameras are used in some police departments as a way to record any interaction between an officer and a citizen. Some Americans today seem to think that police body cameras interfere with their right to privacy, because they record sensitive situations. Other Americans believe that the cameras serve as evidence in case something doesn 't go as planned. Police body cameras should be used nationwide because they provide direct evidence, stop police misconduct, build trust, and protect the innocent from being persecuted.
The main purpose of having police officers is for protection, and force should only be used to promote the safety of the community. The police have one of the greatest responsibilities in the world, and that is to keep citizens safe while being in the public eye. Police brutality is
Amber Lyles Professor Sullivan ENGL – 1301 November 20, 2014 Body Cams: Policing for the Greater Good In today’s society no one is safe from everyday peril. Situations arise daily that may present either a law enforcement official or just a civilian with a situation that could warrant the
I feel that the use of dash-cams, body-cams, and cell phone video can have both a positive and a negative effect on the control of police use of force. A problem encountered when attempting to investigate most use of force complaints is the “code of silence” commonly found in