Police Body Camera Argumentative Paper

1016 Words Jul 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Michael Scheldrup
Advanced English III
March 12, 2015
It’s Time for a Change
Social issues have lingered in the shadows of American history since the day that our
independence was signed in 1776, a mere two hundred and thirty­nine years ago. At that time,
social issues consisted of our founding father’s debate over which men were to be considered
equal, and the social issue of slavery as a whole became prominent to our young nation. From
slavery to suffrage, the United States is no stranger to defining these particular social wrongs,
and striving to make them right. As time has developed, the issues of old have passed, but now,
new ones have arose. Currently, sitting in 2015, the United States is again being subjecte
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This is a defined problem. Despite either the positive or negative intentions of
the officers who fired their weapons, each one has a bias, and with that, it can lead to that party
giving a skewed opinion on how the events of each occurrence actually went down. The idea of
a human source is just simply too unreliable, and it comes down our own human nature with
bias’, and the fact that every single person has one. The use of body cameras instead in these
instances would ultimately resolve this problem. Real footage would clearly display whether or
not the use of fatal force was indeed necessary to use upon an unarmed civilian, and if not, it
would hold the actually guilty party accountable for their actions. By simply attaching a
recording device to an officer’s person, society is able to cut out human bias, and reveal the true
nature of the event. The benefit alone in these new technologies makes the investment worth
every dollar.
Rialto, California has been the poster child for the implementation of body cameras to its
local police force for the past few years. Starting in the February 2012, every officer on the force
was given a body based camera that was to be worn at all times, and was to be turned on each
time an arrest was given or when an encounter with a civilian was held. The statistics nearly a
year later are shocking in terms of the effectiveness of the cameras. In that year, the complaints