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Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

The Louisiana policemen who shot and killed Alton Sterling will not be charged with murder, and activists are once again calling for mandatory body cameras on all police officers. Supporters say recording encounters between citizens and cops reduces police violence and protects officers by providing supervisors, judges and reporters objective evidence. But other studies show body cameras don't reduce violence and they create privacy concerns for all involved. What do you think? 📸

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The police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling will not face charges, and activists say this case is proof that body cameras don't protect us from police violence. From Fusion

Body cameras don’t always solve the issues they’re supposed to... the police killing of Baton Rouge, La. resident Alton Sterling provided a painful example of how ineffective the body cameras can sometimes be in deterring police misconduct. Video of the disturbing shooting was captured by a bystander. Meanwhile, both officers involved had body cameras on, but Cpl. L’Jean McKneely claimed in a press conference that both cameras came loose during the confrontation.
A 2014 investigation by Fusion found that for all their promise, body cameras are often ineffective to prevent police misconduct....One of the biggest issues is that officers are often in charge of pressing the record button on the camera, allowing them to decide what gets filmed. In many use of force cases, officers wearing body cameras simply don’t have them turned on.
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But other research on the effect of body cameras on interactions between civilians and the police shows great promise. In one year-long study in Orlando, use-of-force incidents dropped 53 percent among officers with the cameras. Civilian complaints also dropped 65 percent. Other trials show similarly encouraging results. 

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But others point out body cameras aren't some failsafe solution to police violence. The Minneapolis officers who shot and killed Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman, had body cameras, but they were not turned on. The officers who killed Alton Sterling claimed their cameras came loose during the altercation. Police are rarely disciplined when they violate policies about how to use the cameras consistently. Maybe the issue isn't about documenting police violence, but about training law enforcement not to use deadly force on unarmed civilians.

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Others argue body cameras may not be a perfect solution, but if they can prevent some violence, we should not discard them as a potential tool. When police officer Darren Wilson was not charged with any crime after shooting Michael Brown—an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri—Brown's family made a statement calling for body cameras to record all police interactions. They clearly believe that had Wilson been wearing a body camera their child might still be alive today.

We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
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