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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras 643

Posted by Soulskill
from the proof-is-in-the-pudding dept.
Several readers sent word that U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has begun speaking in favor of mandatory cameras for police across the country. "Everywhere I go people now have cameras. And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't." This follows the recent controversy ove the shooting death of Michael Brown in a police incident, as well as a White House petition on the subject that rocketed to 100,000 signatures.

McCaskill continued, "I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers. And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

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  • Re:One correction (Score:4, Informative)

    by apraetor (248989) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @01:30PM (#47767449)
    It is not a subversion of the Constitution, since the 16th Amendment explicitly authorizes it.
  • People like you... (Score:4, Informative)

    by whistlingtony (691548) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @01:34PM (#47767489)

    Well, I guess that since a tiny slice of the cops MIGHT disable their cameras, we shouldn't do it at all. We probably shouldn't do anything at all, ever. We should probably just make murder legal and stop prosecuting it, since some people still murder...

    I do not understand how people with this outlook can get anything done in life.

    Cameras are good. They keep everyone, cops and public, polite. If the camera doesn't work, that comes out in the courtroom. That's what the courtroom is for.

  • Re:I like... (Score:5, Informative)

    by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @01:35PM (#47767515)

    Where is the money going to come for all these cameras?

    The cost of the cameras is insignificant compared to the cost of the lawsuits, and riots, that occur in their absence. They also cut down on paperwork, because the video itself is a record of the interaction, so the cop can spend less time writing reports and more time policing. They also save lots of money by reducing arrests, since cameras have a calming influence on both cops and the perps. People behave better when they know they are being filmed.

    Federal/state/local governments aren't exactly flush with cash right now ...

    Yet they can afford armored vehicles and military weapons.

  • by hsmith (818216) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @01:44PM (#47767631)
    Such lack of history.

    Look into why the drinking age was raised to 21 nation wide: Failure to comply cut highway funding. It was blackmail.

    So, stick the shitty memes elsewhere.
  • Re:One correction (Score:4, Informative)

    by i kan reed (749298) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @01:57PM (#47767813) Homepage Journal

    Constitutional amendments libertarians don't like are unconstitutional FYI.

  • Crap hardware (Score:4, Informative)

    by GrBear (63712) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @02:30PM (#47768257)

    As someone in the business of selling law enforcement equipment, I'll tell you right now, most of the body cams available for law enforcement are compete and utter crap.

    Not only that, they don't have an effective back office solution to manage all that video. Sure you can dump the video onto a hard drive, but it needs to be indexed somehow so it can be searched for later by officer name, date, etc.

    A few companies are trying to make body worn cameras that don't look like blair witch recordings, but at this point, there's still at least a year away before anything usable arrives.

  • by Binestar (28861) on Wednesday August 27, 2014 @03:40PM (#47769091) Homepage
    If a police officer witnesses another police officer committing a crime they would arrest a normal citizen for but lets it pass, that police officer is a corrupt police officer. Period.

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