Essay on Limitations Of Body Cameras On The Police Force

1029 Words Nov 21st, 2015 5 Pages
The idea of requirement of body cameras in the police force has exploded a controversy. Many people believe that police officers should be required to wear body cameras, while others do not. People are requiring police officers to wear body cameras because there has been cases in which people doubt justice was made. Cases like the death of Eric Garner, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the death of Sandra Bland, and others. In these cases the families of the victims were unsatisfied with the decision juries took on the death of their loved ones. To prevent cases like these people have brought up the idea of police officers wearing body cameras while on duty to record every incident they encounter while on duty. These body cameras can help by preventing violence, and help with accountability, but also bring up the issue about privacy. First, the use of body cameras can help prevent violence between the police officer and the victim. When a victim gets stopped by the police officers they are less likely to sprout violence because they are being recorded (Ramirez 8). This means that a victim is more likely to cooperate with the police officer after they are told that they are being recorded. In the case of Eric Garner, there is still controversy whether the police officers use of force was the reason for his death. Garner was approached by the police officers because he was suspicious of selling “loosies”, which are single cigarettes from packs without tax stamp…

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