I personally am excited to see how body cameras are going to affect the quality of law enforcement in this country.
I honestly think it would help and benefit law enforcement officers because the street pukes and thugs wouldn’t be able to make outrageous claims and lies. I also think that when a vicious criminal is caught, and awaiting trial, that the media should print the actual pictures of how they looked when captured, instead of the old, saintly, well dressed, altar boy shots they usually dupe the public with.
Yes, but we should be totally clear that this won’t be a slam dunk. Dash cams have been effective, but they’re not enough. Police officers should be required to wear body cameras and there should be rules in place so ensure that they actually record interactions and aren’t turned on and off at will. We shouldn’t expect that they’ll be perfect. And we should aware that we’ll need rules about how that footage will be used. If you’re a citizen who appears in camera footage, do you have a right to privacy? What if you’re a bystander? Do people’s faces have to be blurred out if released to the press? Living in the Security State is a bitch.
Yes. And failure to use one at any given time should create a presumption that the cop was trying to cover up his bad behavior. That presumption could be rebutted by a showing that the camera had malfunctioned on its own, or by some other exigent circumstances that might warrant not having it, but barring such circumstances, the jury should presume the cop had something to hide.