Anybody who visits here more than once a month knows that we have some growing issues with LEO's and the brutality some of them seem to be dishing out
more and more. This breeds fear and resentment on both sides. The good officers get thrown in with the bad and the citizens either get too scared to
even come into contact with officers or they go out of their way to give the officers a harder time.
Neither is helpful. But there appears to be some folks who are trying to make things safer for the good cops and the good citizens that they are
supposed to protect and serve.
--the world's favorite non-lethal weapons manufacturer--says its new surveillance device can protect both cops and citizens.
Taser Axon Wearable Security Camera. Surveillance cameras permeate modern life. Mounted in convenience stores, retail outlets, bars, clubs, ATMs
and elsewhere, silent observers record everything from the mundane to the criminal. The cameras serve a dual function as both deterrent and instant
legal record. In light of the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, national attention has focused on wearable cameras for
police officers. For the (less lethal) weapon manufacturer Taser, there is opportunity in this civic need.
At $400/unit, the Axon Body is Taser’s main entry into the field of wearable cameras. The Axon is chest-mounted and records 640px by 480px in a
130-degree arc. American Photo, which is owned by the same company as Popular Science, recently talked to Taser’s VP of communications Steve Tuttle
about the camera. Tuttle highlighted one major difference between video recorded by the Axon and video recorded by onlookers with cell phone
The Axon is constantly filming, but it only keeps a 30-second buffer that it keeps rolling over. Once you press the record button, it saves the
previous 30-seconds of video and starts recording audio. "Normally, we rely on videos taken by citizens with their phones, but it's unclear when they
started recording," says Tuttle. "It takes time to pull that recording device out of a pocket and you lose context that can be crucial."
How many times have we seen videos here when you just wished for that extra ten seconds of video that always seems to be missing?? Most of the time,
right? This could help with that. When a person's life was lost or could possibly be saved (court cases) 10 seconds is a hell of a lot of time and
For law enforcement, recording the full incident from the perspective of the officer could protect her against contrary recordings that start
later. It could also protect citizens by deterring police from using excessive force. American Photo also talks about the experience of Rialto,
California, where after police adopted wearable cameras “police officers used force 60 percent less often and complaints about officers shrank by 88
percent,” though the profile notes that the sample size of complaints in Rialto was small.
THIS ^^^^^^ that I put in bold does not surprise me and just further proves that there is a need for these devices in every PD across the United
Every time something comes across the news about an abusive officer, there are folks that always say that they are not trained to wound or that they
have no option but to be rough. Granted the size of the sample done above, they are probably correct in some cases, but obviously there are a lot of
instances that happen that do not need to end in the use of force.
This resulted in the PD above receiving 88% FEWER complaints from the public. Again... This can only benefit both the citizens and the officers in the
end. It will protect the officers from false complaints and the citizens from excessive force, etc.
There was a time people trusted police officers and I think implementing something like this could help us get some of that back. It wasn't lost
overnight of course, so it would take time.
Naturally... There is always a downfall -
It's also not clear whether the cameras will work as intended. In March, the Albuquerque Police Department captured national headlines when an
officer’s camera recorded the fatal killing of a homeless man camped out in the foothills on the edge of the city. A Department of Justice
investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department found that “Officers failed to record some incidents even when it was the officers themselves
who initiated the contact, making their failure to switch on their cameras or recorders before beginning the encounter especially
It would be nicer if they could figure out a way for the video to turn on automatically and run until. Maybe it could be activated by the officers
voice or when the officer stepped out of his car. The honest police officers (that we don't have to worry about anyway) would never forget to turn
their video to record, but the dishonest officers would somehow conveniently forget whenever they felt they might need to. So that would have to be
solved for this to work more efficiently IMO.
Still, there can’t be implementation and training for proper use without a camera. Taser’s Axon Body, and other wearable cameras like it,
could add silent, mechanical witness to police patrols.
I agree. I think this is an absolutely exceptional idea and think it should be implemented across the board ASAP. With some changes this could be a
real game changer. People need to ask for this. We need to really start looking into ways to fix the injustices we see growing daily.
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