Police Brutality And Chest Cameras Essay

828 Words Oct 16th, 2014 4 Pages
Police Brutality and Chest Cameras In recent years, we’ve noticed an increase in claims of police brutality. However, without any hard evidence, they’re just that: claims. With such controversial events such as the Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and John crawford shootings, police brutality and racism has become more and more in the forefront of the public eye. Some have suggested improvements and precautions for the police to take, such as chest cams in addition to already existing dash cams. Are police brutality rates really increasing, or are documented police brutality incidents increasing? With an estimated “4.6 billion mobile phones [were] in use at any moment in 2010” and “More than one billion mobile phones [are] equipped with cameras” (Costello, Rachel) the chances to record and document police brutality has become much easier, and therefore, has more physical documentation than in years past. According to expert, Professor Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College, there is no increase in police brutality, “only an increase in the reporting of incidents due to a proliferation of cell phones and portable video devices in the hands of the populace” (Huston, Warner T). This implies that police brutality has always been a widespread issue, but has never been brought to the attention of the general public. Due to the enhancement of technology, more and more people are witnessing police brutality and…

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