Step 1: Police body cameras; step 2: adopt state-wide guidelines
WGBH - 01/11/2016
The nationwide call for police body cameras has become louder after the highly-publicized deaths of African-American civilians at the hands of police over the past eighteen months. In some cases, we have video recordings of what occurred—recall the Walter Scott shooting in South Carolina—because bystanders captured portions of these encounters with their own devices. Documenting these incidents shouldn’t be left to chance. Requiring officers to attach cameras to their uniforms to create records of police-civilian encounters can promote two noble goals: protect citizens from misconduct by law enforcement and police from fraudulent claims.