The Death Of A Police Officer Essay

899 Words Mar 1st, 2016 4 Pages
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with. That’s the theory of officer K.L. Williams, who has trained thousands of officers in this country. I am inclined to agree with him. As the daughter of a police officer, I have personally witnessed the institutionalized racism and brutality exerted on the public. Whether it be preferential treatment, complete dismissal of calls from people who are non-white, or the delivery of threats, there is clearly an issue with the current state of affairs in police departments across the nation. Look at recent cases that have lit up the media: Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray. What do these cases have in common? There was a failure to record what exactly happened that led to these people to their deaths.
Recording the actions of police is not a new idea. Many police cars have dash cams to document traffic stops. And a growing number of citizens are using cell phone cameras to document their interactions with cops. But neither technology allows the kind of pervasive recording that could be done by a camera affixed to a police officer 's vest or sunglasses.
Body cameras are small, pager-sized cameras that clip on to an officer 's uniform or are worn as a headset, and record audio and video of the officer 's…

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