Should Policemen Wear Body Cameras Or Not? Essay

1788 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Recently there has been a lot of controversy regarding whether policemen should be required to wear body cameras or not. Body cameras are a video system worn by policemen to record their interactions with the public or gather video evidence from a crime scene. The idea of policemen wearing body cameras has been taken into consideration because of the numerous incidences between the community and police resulting in either police brutality or the death of a civilian. One popular case is that of Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a police officer who pled that he killed Brown due to self-defense. The court failed to indict the police officer of the shooting which caused uproar in Ferguson leading to the community to continue to distrust the police department. Community leaders called for all police officers to be equipped with wearable cameras because it is believed that body cameras will help the community to regain trust for the police, prevent violence, and make everyone accountable to what really happened. Critics of body cameras say that they invade the privacy of citizens, cost entirely too much, and there are limitations that are caused by body cameras. I personally believe that body cameras are necessary for policemen to wear. Body cameras eliminate all the bias and false testimonies that an eyewitness, a victim, or a policeman could present in court. They also provide all the evidence needed for the…

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