Police Worn Body Cameras: a Step in the Right Direction

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Police Worn Body Cameras: A Step in the Right Direction
Andrew Cordier
ENG122: English Composition II
Instructor Amy Morris
August 18, 2016

There have been numerous advances in technology in recent years and some include law enforcement. Over the years, there have been huge strides in the technological advances in surveillance. Police Departments are one of these groups who have seen an increase in surveillance technology like dashboard mounted cameras, and now law enforcement agencies are looking to equip their officers with body cameras that can be worn on an officer’s lapel, glasses, and on their chest. The idea of equipping officers with these body cameras has been a hot topic of debate in light of recent past events, such as the unarmed shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri Mandatory use of body cameras should be put into place because it will protect civilians from the use of excessive force and hold officers responsible for their actions, not invade the privacy of both the public and police officers with the proper guidelines in place, and lower the rates of police use of excessive force, while lowering the rates of false claims against officers.
With more and more cases of use of excessive force against civilians, people across America are becoming outraged by the actions of police officers and feel that taking the word of an officer is no longer good enough to explain their actions. Americans across the nation want answers of why an officer resorted to the use of excessive force and body cameras can provide Americans with those answers. In the 2015 article “Considering Police Body Cameras,” In the summer of 2012 Marcus Jeter was arrested and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on an officer. Neither officer was wearing body cameras, but their police cruisers captured the incident…...

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