Police Violence Research Paper

Violence is prevalent in today’s society. The violence you may hear about could lead to the death of family, friends and loved ones. Just like the violence took the death of Samuel Dubose in Cincinnati, Ohio by Officer Tensing Ray. “Officer Tensing stated that he almost was run over by the driver…was forces to shoot the driver with his duty weapon…he fired a single shot…he was being dragged by the vehicle and had to fire his weapon” (Blow, The New York Times). “The video proves that none of that happened” (Blow, The New York Times). According to The New York times Samuel DuBose was shot multiple times and Officer Tensing was not ran over by DuBose’s car (Blow, The New York Times). All these violent interactions occurred because of not having …show more content…
The violence is prevalent and we as a society deserve to know the truth. Police officers and the civilians cannot get away with crimes and the truth has to come out. According to the article, “What about Police Brutality?”, “The dash cams mounted in many police cruisers and the audio recorders already worn by many officers, can offer a measure of accountability” (Wolverton 35). The dash cam videos and body worn cameras will convict the officers of wrong doings (Wolverton 35).The wearing of the cameras will also convict the victims that have lied in order to try and convict the officer of a wrongdoing. For example in the article, “What About Police Brutality” the author Joe Wilverton II said, “The recent case of liberal Connecticut activist Professor Minati Roychoudhuri who falsely accused a state trooper of racial profiling, is one of many in which video/audio recordings have shown accusations of police misconduct to be totally false. The recordings show Trooper John Such was courteous and professional, and the professor’s public accusations were false and malicious” (Wolverton 35).. We need to see what the officer see to be able to put the correct criminal behind bars, and to cut down on the false accusations of the officers and the civilians. The cameras would allow the courts and the general public to be able to see what had actually had happened in the violent situation. The …show more content…
Why shouldn’t the police wear the body cameras? Officers should wear the cameras in order to solve the crime and inform the community. However, there are opposing voices in the community that are opposite of my statement. According to Police Chief Tim Schwartzkopf and Captain Bryon Roberson of the Praire Village police department, the police warn body cameras are “…expensive and there are unresolved questions about privacy and how the systems should be used” (Twinddy, The Kansas City Star). The police chief and captain of Praire Village stated that the department would run into issues with whether to leave the cameras on all the time or have the officers turn them on. (Twinddy, The Kansas City Star). Obviously if the cops were at the discretion of when to turn the camera on, there could be a few issues with the truth of the incident. Other issues that were noted by the Police Chief and Captain is that the cost of the body cameras would be estimated around 1,700 dollars per police officer on their force (Twinddy, The Kansas City Star). Although the price of the cameras are extensive, the pros of having the cameras are much greater. There would be substantial privacy issue with bystanders of a crime being filmed and the homes of individuals being caught on camera according to Schwartzkopf and Roberson if the law enforcements body cameras would be on the entirety of the officer’s shift

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