Body Cameras Have Become An Easy Political Answer Essay

1211 Words Dec 6th, 2015 5 Pages
According to reporter Eileen Sullivan, “Body cameras have become an easy political answer to the complex problem of crumbling trust in police.”4 Body cameras are often attached to the chest or hat of a police officer. Smaller than a cell phone, the cameras do not hinder the police officers performance, and are practically unnoticeable. The officer can turn off the camera, but the times they are able to are regulated. This small device records and stores all interactions that an officer has, including all misconducts. The cameras are especially important in instances of corrupted officers and excessive police force. The first uses of body cameras were in 2005, and widespread acceptance slowly began to grow. The idea of body cameras became extremely popular in the U.S. in August of 2014 after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man. Because these kinds of killings rose all over the U.S., there is a public cry for a fix. The best resolution for police misconduct is body cameras. Body cameras are the solution to the lack of safety, caused by police, in the U.S. There are people who doubt the effectiveness of the body cameras for many reasons, but their reasons are trivial and do not overshadow the positive impacts of body cameras. When police officers are fitted with body cameras, the positives will far outweigh the negatives, therefore should be implemented in all police forces in the U.S.
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