Police Should Wear Working Body Cameras

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The potential use of police-worn body cameras has recently been an intense topic of discussion in Congress. With President Obama requesting $263 million (Dann and Rafferty) to fund the use of the equipment throughout U.S. police departments, many people are left wondering if they are worth the money. The small devices are meant to be worn by on-duty police officers to record their encounters. Is incorporating police-worn recording devices an excessive tactic in law enforcement or is it truly necessary? This is the question Congress has been dealing with recently. Due to and recent and further past events, there seems to be a need for more evidence, accountability, and protection within our court system and law enforcement. Lack of better evidence and accountability from both police and civilians have left police and civilians feeling that they have been mistreated by each other and by courts. In order to protect civilians and …show more content…
One benefit caused by body cameras is that they will improve the behaviors and attitudes of police officers during shifts and decreased possible brutality. This idea was tested by USA Today reporter, who wore a body camera himself every day for several months. He reports that wearing the body camera made him more cautious while driving, nicer to his coworkers, and perform all of his duties with top effort because he knew his footage would be reviewed by his boss and he would be held accountable for any inappropriate actions (Hughes). It can be argued that the effects of a body camera on one reporter may not be relatable to the effects on police officers since they are held legally accountable for anything and everything that they do. However, several studies conclude that body cameras do have the same effect on police officers, similar to the improvement in character and effort the reporter had

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