Police Violence : A Lack Of Accountability Essay

802 Words Nov 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Frank Serpico, a former police officer, says "But an even more serious problem — police violence — has probably grown worse, and it’s out of control for the same reason that graft once was: a lack of accountability." Throughout the years, police violence and abuse has increased. There are several ways in which police violence can be avoided. One of the most important ways is for police officers to wear cameras. Although, some might argue that police officers should not wear cameras because of several reasons, police officers should wear cameras because it would reduce complaints, prevent violence, and provide an accurate detailed encounter of every civilian.

Police officers should wear cameras to help reduce complaints. In the article, Forcing America 's Weaponized Police to Wear Cameras, Derek Thompson claims that, "When researchers studied the effect of cameras on police behavior, the conclusions were striking. Within a year, the number of complaints filed against police officers in Rialto fell by 88 percent and "use of force" fell by 59 percent.” The number of complaints decreased because police officers usually behave better when they know they are being watched. This position is valid because Chief William A. Farrar, the Rialto police chief, told the New York Times, “ When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better, And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will…

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