06 Dec Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
“Police body cameras are small cameras, attached to an officer’s body, with audio-visual recording functionalities along with internal data storage to save footage for investigation.
In response to multiple high-profile shooting of unarmed minorities by police officers, President Obama pledged to fund a nationwide program to equip agencies with body cameras.
Proponents believe that the cameras create transparency and culpability and reduce police and anti-police – violence. They also say that body camera provides evidence that proves or disproves police misconduct allegations. Opponents of body cameras argue that the cameras negatively impact the morale of officers by straining them with undue equipment and placing them under constant video surveillance. They also believe that these are too expensive and unreliable.
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Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?