Police Body Cameras : A Nation Wide Sense Of Comfort And Security

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Police body cameras could potentially eliminate police brutality, create a nation-wide sense of comfort and security, and create self-promotion opportunity for police officers. But, are these expectations of safeguarding realistic? Storing and analyzing the footage, alone, is an obstacle that creates issue with the body cameras, but on top of that, there are privacy policy conflictions, both for the police officers and civilians, and, as proven in the past, footage of police brutality may not bring justice to victims and their families (“Police Body Cameras”). Although the idea of having everything filmed seems like an easy solution to police superiority, implementing the cameras is not as simple as publically assumed. According to the article “Police Body Cameras,” storing and analyzing the huge amount of footage from every body camera is much tougher than perceived. This process requires technology possible to efficiently do so and funds to back up the technology and labor. Although “the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would spend $20 million to expand the use of body cameras and study their impact” earlier this year, this twenty million will only generate a start to the program and does not promise positive results (“Police Body Cameras”). The individual costs of the cameras themselves (ranging from “$120 to $2,000 each”) and the costs of labor “will cost taxpayers approximately $7 million per year” for only the city of Los Angeles (“Police Body Cameras”).…

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