Body cameras for police officers have been a hot topic in recent months, especially in light of the highly controversial encounters between cops and members of minority communities in racially troubled cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore. Just this week, as an NBC TV station in Connecticut reported, members of the state’s Black Caucus in the General Assembly called on lawmakers to approve a $15 million expenditure to provide body cameras to police departments across Connecticut.
“Our view is that body cameras serve a mutual benefit,” said Rep. Bruce Morris, a Democrat from Norwalk. “It protects police officers. It protects them from being in those opportunities when someone is falsely accusing them and it also protects victims because now we can actually get to see the story and get it correct.”
The point that wearing a body camera can provide evidence of exactly what happened during an arrest and protect a cop’s reputation and livelihood was driven home recently in New Mexico. An Albuquerque police officer who had nabbed a young woman for drunk driving suddenly found himself accused of of sexual assault. What happened next was a major victory for the officer and a big plus for the use of body cameras.
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You can see exactly how this incident unfolded by clicking on the video above and watching a report from KOB-TV.
h/t: Joe for America
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