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Some U.S. police departments dump body-camera programs amid high costs

Some U.S. police departments dump body-camera programs amid high costs

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  • That the example cited is in Chicago makes this even more tragic. There is a broken trust in this city and incidents like lacquan McDonald are why... without that body cam footage would we have ever known what happened? One wishes for a world where you didn't need these but not sure were there...

  • Police body cameras were a response to a spike in killings of unarmed men, mostly unarmed Black men, by police officers. Less discussed was the root cause of the spike in killings, which may be due to the militarization of police departments, itself a consequence of post 9/11 paranoia and a Defense Department

    Police body cameras were a response to a spike in killings of unarmed men, mostly unarmed Black men, by police officers. Less discussed was the root cause of the spike in killings, which may be due to the militarization of police departments, itself a consequence of post 9/11 paranoia and a Defense Department program that provided surplus armaments at no or little cost. Police departments are supposed to protect their communities, not treat them as a war zone.

    As with gun violence in general, this is an issue where the country has been reluctant to address the root cause. Such reluctance may have been a factor in the outcome of the 2016 election.

  • Body cameras are good, and should be used by every police department, especially urban ones. However, like any piece of gear, their utility is limited by the training and culture of the officers. The militarization of police departments throughout the War on Drugs has led to reduced trust and increased

    Body cameras are good, and should be used by every police department, especially urban ones. However, like any piece of gear, their utility is limited by the training and culture of the officers. The militarization of police departments throughout the War on Drugs has led to reduced trust and increased violence between cops and the citizens they're supposed to "serve and protect".

    Initiatives to retrain officers in "community policing" techniques are proven to be the number one most effective way to reduce crime AND reduce police brutality.

  • This is a prime example where public safety

    Resources should be regionalized. Municipalities need not have contiguous borders to share digital resources.