The New York Police Department

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In August 2013, Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the stop-and-frisk techniques utilized by the New York Police Department (NYPD) violated the constitutional rights of minorities (Stanley). In her ruling, Judge Scheindlin admonished members of the NYPD for stopping people without any articulable reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Judge Scheindlin further opined that the majority of those stopped were males and from a minority population. In her 195-page ruling, Judge Scheindlin ordered the NYPD to begin testing body-worn camera systems for possible implementation. Fast forward one year to August 9th, 2014, when Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Daren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department. This incident shocked the conscious of the American public and forced the conversation of body-worn cameras into the spotlight of American law enforcement tactics and practices. This conversation has centered on whether or not all law enforcement agencies should mandate the purchase and wearing of body-worn cameras for all officers. Are body-worn cameras a good idea or will this help to create an Orwellian environment (Eason)? Research shows that through the proper implementation of body-worn camera systems law enforcement encounters can become more professional while lowering the amount of force used.
Cost is always one of the first discussions that an agency has when discussing the implementation of a body-worn camera system program. These camera…

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