Essay about Should Body Cameras Be Part Of Police Officers?

1011 Words Mar 21st, 2016 null Page
Ferguson, Missouri on the night of August 9th, 2014 an unarmed teenager by the name of Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer with no body camera. Officer Darren Wilson was up for trial for the murder of Michael Brown and was found not guilty. The town of Ferguson was out ragged as violent riots and protests broke out because of the ruling. (Buchanan) Many argue that Officer Wilson used excessive force in the altercation however, the court and jury members believed differently. If a body camera was used by the officer, the public would have had video evidence and be knowledgeable of the actual events. Body cameras should be part of police officers uniforms because it provides safety for the officer and citizens, it takes the guess work out of police reports, and it will gain the trust of the citizens. One of the most beneficial factors of body cameras is the safety it provides to the police officers using them. The officer can do his/her job without having to worry about getting in trouble or fired for doing the right thing, even if the events make a turn for the worst, as long as the officer is taking the correct actions they will be covered. The officers are aware of the recording, so they know every step is being watched and if they make the wrong decision, they will be held accountable for their actions. Police departments get complaints everyday ranging from, “an officer used inappropriate language” to “an officer used excessive force”. With the…

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