Yet another surveillance tool – and one that often doesn’t even help stop bad cops the way it’s intended to.
In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson, many (including Michael Brown’s family) made the understandable call for police body cameras, since such a device might have provided visual documentation for the claims or counterclaims made in that case.
But are body cameras are really going to be effective, long-term means of making police more accountable to the public? Or will they just be another device to switch on and off as it suits the cop on the beat — while providing another surveillance stream of unwarranted, suspicionless observations to sift and analyze long after the recording?
Problems with body cams
Writing for Truthout, Bill of Rights Defense Committee director Shahid Buttar gives three reasons to suspect that body cameras are no solution to police violence:
First, there’s no guarantee that the public will ever see footage from police body cameras, especially in…
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