Essay on Persuasive Speech : Body Cameras

1891 Words Apr 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Body Cameras
“Cops keep firing, in my environment Leaving you slumped, then they drive home, Far from the hood.” These famous lyrics by Nas represents how a lot of people see police officers, shooting down innocent civilians and then returning to their lives with no consequences. That is not how police officers should be seen they are suppose to be the ones to protect the people and keep criminals off the streets, not killing innocent civilians. With the recent unarmed African Americans killed, children being body slammed in school, and dogs shot and killed in an apartment hallway body cameras for police officers has became a hot topic. Body cameras with audio recording should be required for all police officers on duty. Body cameras would help reduce the amount of lawful but awful shootings, racially motivated shootings, and restrict and limit police officers and their abuse of power.
First, Body cameras will help prevent lawful but awful killings. Lawful but awful killings refer to “instances where police have a solid legal defense for firing a weapon, but might have avoided the killing and the public outrage that usually follows” (Wogan 1). Often times these cases are seen by the public as just another case where police officers kill somebody and because the victim is dead can not explain his side of the story so the police officer gets off easy. That is an often occurrence, very rarely do police officers receive any jail time after murdering an unarmed civilian because…

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