Law Enforcement Cameras Essay

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Do law Enforcement Cameras Invade Citizens Privacy Since the 1980’s technology has played an integral part of police work. In recent years there has been a rise in the use of the body and dash camera for law enforcement. (Smykla, Crow and Crichlow) Since the 1960s, we could remember, catching criminal act on Closed Circuit Security Television. (Smykla, Crow and Crichlow) Since the employment of that technology use of cameras in law enforcement has been increasing. There have been debates, however whether privacy is invaded when criminal acts are caught on tape. (Young) There have been instances where police would turn off body worn cameras to limit what is shown on tape. One situation for example, was where a man was assaulted while the body …show more content…
One example is that when being recorded cameras sometimes show dwellings of homeless. This was due to the fact that some dwellings are small and show the private confines of the offender’s dwelling. (Young) Police use excessive force when arresting the suspect, and accusations of wrongful shootings. Weakness of the argument is that police decide whether or not to use the camera. There are not enough laws regulating the use of cameras of law enforcement. The evidence is skewed because the camera was pointed away. The audio of the recording had other sounds, making it difficult to hear the conversations of the …show more content…
(Association) This would help improve transparency and accountability, protecting people on both sides of the lens. (Association) Crafting better laws preventing invasion of privacy has been the main focus of lawmakers. We need to find the balance between privacy and the use of technology for law enforcement. Unfortunately, there is no balance and the regulations are not met with common normalcy. (Smykla, Crow and Crichlow) We also need to tell suspects that they are being recorded to prevent invasion of privacy. Finding the common ground where we will regulate the use of the body worn camera will help solve both

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