For Cops Kevin Johnson Analysis

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In his essay “For Cops…” Kevin Johnson claims that videos of police officers are placing their actions under new scrutiny and changing the way that claims against officers are played out in court. Police have responded by trying to limit such recordings when they feel that they interfere with police actions. The fear that is most present in law enforcement is that these videos will cause officers to change how they behave in a life or death situation. To combat this, officers are now receiving training to deal with being recorded. The only upside to these videos, according to Johnson, is that they are helping victims tell their stories and making them credible. There are upsides and downsides to videotaping police officers. While one does …show more content…
If police realize that they are being videotaped they start focusing on what they can do to make them look good on the camera rather than the decision that might actually help the situation. So, if there is a violent situation, where a civilian is recording, and the officer needs to pull out his gun, he might not because of how it will look to people not there and are watching the video at a later date. When in that situation the officer needed to pull his gun to deescalate the situation. By not pulling his gun he could’ve made the situation worse, but he was worried that his actions might be scrutinized. Every move a police officer makes could be placed under scrutiny. With videotaping, it has now gotten worse because now there is proof as to what the officer did and it’s not just he said she said. Before if someone said an officer did something wrong it was the officers word against the civilian’s word and often, the officer won that battle. Now with video proof civilians actually stand a chance in getting justice. To combat this, police are being trained to deal with being videoed. They are being taught how to handle the people videoing while handling the situation they were called in to deal …show more content…
More and more videos surface of police beating suspects every day and the beating is not for the right reasons. Most people have said that police brutality has just increased in the past years, attributing that to lesser standards in vetting police candidates. When in reality police brutality has not increased, it has just become more exposed and less tolerated. In the past when a police brutality case was brought forward most people blamed the victim and the police officer received no punishment, allowing them back onto the force and into the public to repeat his actions. Now with video evidence police officers are receiving punishments and less and less people are tolerating police sliding by punishments because of their status. Riots have ensued because of court’s ruling in the officer’s favor when they shouldn’t have. Officers, such as Betty Shelby, Ray Tensing and Daniel Pantaleo, were let go of all charges because of their status. Daniel Pantaleo was a NYCPD officer who held Eric Garner in a chokehold, which later lead to his death in 2014. Pantaleo was not charged with murder or even manslaughter. Betty Shelby was an officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he killed Terence Crutcher in 2016. Shelby was later acquitted in 2017. These officers murdered people and there was video proof of it, even then they were still set free because of their status as a police officer. Riots and protests were in their

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