“The Police Who Killed Walter Scott And Laquan Mcdonald

1356 WordsMar 13, 20176 Pages
“The police who killed Walter Scott and Laquan McDonald now face criminal charges--largely due to video cameras that captured the shootings.” (No Tape, No Testimony) 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. Police body cameras are very convenient and…show more content…
Luckily, Police body cameras prevent those situations from happening. They capture the entire interaction to keep things fair. With today’s advanced technology, police body cameras have proven to be very useful. They are crucial in putting an end to unnecessary police misconduct. In 2012, the Rialto Police Department in California implemented police body cameras and recorded the outcome. The results showed that “the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the previous 12 months. Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period” (Lovett). Without a doubt, police body cameras do the trick to prevent potentially dangerous situations from occurring. As William A. Farrar, the Rialto police chief once stated, “When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better. And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better.” I strongly agree with this statement because if the interaction between the officer and the citizen is being recorded, neither of the two will want to behave badly. The citizen knows that their bad behavior could result in consequences and the officer knows that their misconduct could result in punishment or even the loss of their job. The cameras record every detail that can be looked back on if there was a complaint filed against the officer that was wearing it. Clearly, police body

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