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Another cop-hater topic. Do they never end?


Not as long as as a group of corrupt and criminally dishonest law enforcement members hinders and penalizes honest cops who know that their lives would be quite literally be in danger from the criminally dishonest cops in their midst were they to tell the truth and testify against the criminally dishonest and ethically bankrupt in their midst.

 

That's obviously because republicans/conservatives/trump "foolowers" really do approve of and support racist, bigoted, and criminally dishonest cops - their kind of "fine folks"...

 

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5 ways body-worn cameras have helped police officers

 

How video from the officer's perspective is making their jobs easier

 

Body-worn cameras are certain to have a huge effect on law enforcement. As they make their way into departments across the country, the evidence seems to indicate that the change will be positive—for officers and the public. Here are five real-life stories ripped from the headlines in which body-worn cameras similar to L-3 Mobile-Vision’s BodyVision have positive outcomes for law enforcement professionals.

 

In Texas, body-worn cameras help fight domestic violence

 

As any officer will tell you, domestic violence calls can be some of the most difficult to prosecute.  Due to the nature of the relationship between attacker and victim, the victim will very often recant their official statements or refuse to cooperate with law enforcement after the initial call. This often leads to cases being dismissed.

 

In Bell County, Texas, police are finding that after equipping 300 of their officers with body-worn cameras, the number of domestic violence cases that wind up being dismissed has dropped dramatically. With the evidence provided by the body-worn cameras, it is difficult to refute that the violence too place.  In response, many of the accused choose to plead guilty rather than face trial.

 

In Idaho, a dog owner apologizes to officer who shot his dog

 

Dealing with an aggressive dog can be a dangerous situation for any officer. And some officers who have responded by shooting dogs have even been tried for animal cruelty, like Officer Price from Commerce City, Colorado. In Texas, a deputy was fired for shooting a dog. In an already contentious situation, worrying about the consequence of defending yourself from an aggressive animal is an unnecessary distraction.

 

In Nampa, Idaho, when an officer was forced to shoot an aggressive dog, showing the owner the video captured by a body-worn camera resulted in an apology for the dog’s behavior.

 

In Arizona, an officer shows his side of the story

 

A Mesa Arizona police officer discovered the usefulness of body-worn cameras when he got into an altercation outside of a local Circle K. The officer’s confrontation with an individual turned into a fight. A bystander captured the scuffle on his cell phone. Along with appearing on the local news, the video went viral on the internet, leading many to call into question the officer’s behavior.

 

Fortunately for the officer, he was wearing a body-worn camera, recording the confrontation from his perspective. Both versions were shown on the local news and the public got a more objective picture. 

 

In Maryland, police report that civilians behave better

 

In New Carrollton, Maryland, police are finding that the cameras help make their jobs easier by keeping civilians more civil. Since equipping officers with the cameras, they’ve noted a change in the behavior of both civilians and officers.

 

“People tend to behave better when they are on video,” said New Carrollton Police Chief David Rice, whose 17-member department has used body-mounted cameras for about a year. “We’re not getting as much combativeness from people. In that respect, it has worked very well,” he continued, noting that the effect can be seen among both officers and civilians.

 

In California, body-worn cameras linked to substantially reduced public complaints and use of force

 

In Rialto, a small city outside of Los Angeles, the police department outfitted all 70 of their uniformed officers with body-worn cameras, theorizing that use of the cameras would reduce complaints and lawsuits, and thus expensive settlements and payouts.

 

The introduction of body-worn cameras as standard equipment in 2012 lead to an 88% reduction in public complaints against officers, and a 60% decline in officers’ use of force. It’s had to deny that these cameras are beneficial. People act differently when they know they are being recording, and altercations are much less likely to get out of control.

 

Showing citizen interactions from the officer perspective to the community at large, has resulted in a reduced rate of public complaints and increased prosecution of domestic violence cases. Body-worn cameras are a net positive in law enforcement.

 

5 ways body-worn cameras have helped police officers

 

Yet some police apologists prefer to push their ignorance and attack those who prefer police accountability over needless murders.


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Another cop-hater topic. Do they never end?

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That ought to be a nationally mandated minimum with absolutely no "wiggle room" for those not adhering to those mandates of behavior and body camera use...

 

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Faced with increased criticism over its troubled rollout of body-worn cameras, the Minneapolis Police Department is overhauling its policy on the devices' use, which officials said was an important step toward enhancing transparency and accountability.

 

The state's largest law enforcement agency came under public scrutiny last fall after a city audit found that officers were frequently leaving their cameras off while responding to calls, even after the department's policy was tightened. The report concluded that most of the problems likely resulted from a lack of discipline for officers who flouted department rules on activating and deactivating the cameras appropriately.

 

Despite the lapses, officials said that no officers had ever been disciplined for a body camera-related violation. That would change under the policy unveiled Wednesday by Chief Medaria Arradondo at a news conference with Mayor Jacob Frey.

 

Frey said the policy is aimed at helping to ensure compliance, and is "designed to maximize the number of times it's supposed to be turned on."

 

"For the first time, we're going to give it teeth," the mayor said. "Any body camera policy worth its salt must have consequences — this one does."

 

The cameras have been adopted rapidly by police agencies across the country amid growing scrutiny of officers' behavior, even as their effectiveness as a check on brutality is unproven.

 

But in Minneapolis, the department-wide policy was first revamped after the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a south Minneapolis alley last July. Damond was shot by officer Mohamed Noor after she called police to report a possible assault behind her home. Noor was fired from the department last month on the same day prosecutors charged him with Damond's murder. Neither Noor nor his partner, Matthew Harrity, had cameras turned on during the encounter, prompting calls for a stricter policy. A few days after the shooting, Arradondo, then the acting chief, ordered officers to use the devices in nearly all public encounters, from traffic stops to 911 calls, with few exceptions.

 

Citing the ongoing criminal case, he declined to respond to a question about whether Noor and Harrity, who had already cleared the call when the shooting occurred, would have been in violation of the new policy.

 

While there was some improvement after the policy change — including activation in cases where officers used force to subdue a suspect — an audit, published last September, found that camera use remained inconsistent. The following month, City Council instructed police officials to report quarterly on how often cameras are activated when department policy requires it. But department officials admitted at the beginning of 2018 that they were not yet tracking such data.

 

An internal department audit found that some officers were prematurely turning them off before a call's completion or mislabeling the recordings, creating the possibility that crucial evidence could be lost, officials said. About 30 percent of the videos pulled from a random sample of 25 officers either had no case number attached to them or had an invalid one. The audit also found that body camera usage actually decreased at the end of last year, with officers recording an average of 1,400 videos per day in December, down from about 1,666 per day in October.

 

The new policy

 

Under the new policy, officers who violate the rules would face discipline — ranging from a 40-hour suspension for failing to activate their cameras as required to termination for prematurely turning the devices off, particularly in cases involving use of force.

 

Officers will be required to switch on their recording devices well before arriving on the scene of an emergency, with the new policy requiring activation at least two blocks away from the "service location." If dispatched to a location less than two blocks away, officers must activate their cameras immediately.

 

The department plans to debut a new online tool this spring that will allow users to track how often officers activate their cameras while on duty. The statistics will be updated daily, officials said.

 

The move followed public outcry after department officials admitted at a hearing this year that they still were not tracking whether officers were routinely activating their cameras, as requested by the City Council.

 

Justin Terrell, executive director of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, said the need for greater police oversight was especially apparent on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, and was "part of the legacy of why we have to address police accountability."

 

Imani Jaafar, director of the Office of Police Conduct Review, which investigates civilian complaints against officers, thanked Arradondo for allowing enough input before revising the policy. The department had previously faced criticism for ignoring recommendations by the civilian-led Police Conduct Oversight Commission, which called for officers to turn their cameras on for all police calls.

 

Officers previously had more discretion over when to record, which changed only after Damond's death.

 

Police officials previously announced that detectives and officers in specialized units like SWAT would be required to wear the devices, with few exceptions, and would be required to keep them powered on at all times, though not necessarily activated. Desk officers will also soon start wearing them, officials said.

 

The department also recently hired two civilians to help with reviewing the thousands of hours of body camera recordings for potential policy violations.

 

"Public safety by its very nature is imprecise," Frey said. "But when it comes to our body cameras that can't be the way we do policy."

 

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