Police Brutality Is A Big Problem, Not Only In The Usa,

1441 WordsApr 5, 20176 Pages
Police brutality is a big problem, not only in the USA, but also around the world. There have been lots of effort to change this, from police departments to governments, to communities. One such effort has been the addition of body-worn cameras to the uniforms of police officers, in order to enforce accountability. This makes it so that, if there were a controversial case questioning whether the force displayed by an officer was warranted or not, there would be a video of the encounter, which is often more reliable evidence than the word of an officer or civilian. Despite the cost, mandating body-worn cameras for on-duty officers would benefit everyone involved, since there would be far less room for false or inaccurate claims made by…show more content…
Several studies, such as those done by Barak Ariel, et al. have demonstrated a very strong connection between the use of body-worn cameras and reduction of complaints (Ariel et al., “The Effect”) (Ariel, et al., “Contagious...”). There is also an argument to be made for the relationship between the police and their communities. If the departments invest in things that make the public feel safer, such as body-worn cameras, then they will in turn be safer, as their communities will not feel threatened by their presence, but protected. There is also the other side of accountability. The use of body-worn cameras on police officers will enforce accountability for civilians as well. Being on camera, citizens will be motivated to behave more cooperatively, since any wrongdoing they commit will be instantaneously recorded. When “socially and morally unacceptable acts are less likely to occur” (Ariel et al., “The Effect…” 511). This is evident in studies that have been conducted. Studies demonstrate that the use of body-worn cameras significantly reduce any kind of force used by police officers during civilian encounters. Conjointly, police wearing body-worn cameras also significantly reduce citizen noncompliance during civilian encounters (Ariel et al., “The Effect…” 510). These findings strongly suggest that although many think that body-worn cameras are only effective for motivated
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