The Police Should Wear Body Cameras Essay

1505 Words Mar 28th, 2016 7 Pages
The citizens of the United States have been debating whether the police should wear body cameras. Recently this debate has gotten a lot more prevalent after the unjust deaths of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri , and the death of Eric Garner in New York City. The United States death by police rate is by far higher than any other country, “ In 2011 police killed six people in Australia, two in England, six in Germany, and according to an FBI count, 404 in the United States.” (Stanley 2). Body cameras are small compact cameras that police would have to wear in order for law enforcement agencies to see what exactly occurred if there was a problem. Body cameras are controversial because many believe that they invade privacy and the victims of something as horrific as domestic abuse, may be less likely to speak up. With the right regulations body cameras will be very beneficial. Body cameras are necessary because they provide justice for victims of police misconduct, help police officers, and reduce misconduct. Body cameras help provide justice for the victims of police misconduct. Multiple police officers have taken advantage of their power and abused citizens. The Wall Street Journal reports that, “ Police commissioner William Bratton placed a detective on desk duty and stripped him of his badge, gun, and assignment after he was caught on cellphone video berating a taxi driver in expletive -filled, xenophobic tirade.” (Morales). This is an exact example of why…

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