Police in a handful of cities are testing a new technology that puts cameras in the hands – and on the heads – of police officers.
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I’m torn whether I like this idea or not.
In most instances I believe placing more accountability on police officers individually is a great idea. I believe that because of their power, it is occasionally abused in one way or another. Having a camera on them for their entire shift might make them think twice about doing, or saying something questionable. The other part of me thinks that a complete record of their actions during their shift is a bad thing because there will be a flood of complaints and requests to “review” the footage to see if an officer acted how they should have. For example, I could really care less if some scumbag who just robbed a convenience store had their face driven into the ground, got tasered, and was called a bunch of names by the arresting officer(s). All I picture happening most of the time because of these cameras, is otherwise solid cases being thrown out over a technicality uncovered after combing through the video footage.
Also, I think the camera would be more effective if it was not visible to someone that didn’t know what to look for. Having a Star Trek Borg style headset on the officers isn’t very subtle.