Restoring the Public's Trust in Law Enforcement One Cop Cam At a Time
by elaynna_baker on October 4, 2016 - 12:07am
The Department of Justice is anticipating that in their efforts they restore the trust between law enforcement and citizens. Body cameras are being appointed to officers in some communities. Over the past few years multiple counts of questionable tactics used by police officers have been caught on camera by civilians and bystanders . From Dontre Hamilton to Keith Scott we’ve seen and heard of multiple police shootings upon unarmed black men over the past few years. We turn on the news and we see another police shooting almost every day it seems, it's becoming more and more frequent. With the cop cams we can get a see a more accurate perspective of police shootings, we can see the encounter go down from police’s standpoint. Although a study done by an Arizona University professor in 2014 showed that body cameras produced little change in the public’s perspective on law enforcement. However body cameras did create a change in officer’s behavior by producing productivity, and overall reducing complaints against officers.