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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — The Burnsville Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use body cameras when it started equipping officers with the technology last summer.
Officers credit the video tool for helping them capture a much better image of what is going on when they are out on the streets. They have also helped clear cases of allegations of police misconduct in a matter of minutes instead of several weeks.
Officer Shaun Anselment said he can’t imagine going out on patrol without his video tool.
“We are able to get the true emotions at the scene,” he said. “We are able to see what officers did, what suspects did.”
Anselment said he is happy to show video, which goes into a computer on his belt, to someone he has stopped for a traffic violation. In one case, a woman denied she ran a stop sign.
“I said, ‘Ma’am, here’s what happened.’ She apologized and went on her way,” he said.
The cameras, made by Taser, are usually worn on an officer’s hat or on a .band.
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I think it is a good idea as well, so long as the video from the camera is made available to all parties involved. If a lady feels that a cop frivolously stopped her just so he could look down her shirt, she should be able to get the footage..
Ok extreme example.. lol But seriously, it would help streamline things. Since the word of a cop is apparently worth more than the word of a normal citizen in court, this could help even things out a bit.