About Face on Cameras: Now the Left Is Claiming Body Cams Are a Threat to Civil Rights

One of the biggest changes that resulted from the numerous protests and riots following Ferguson was the advancements in the use of body cameras by police. Many departments were already using the technology prior to that, but at least as many were not- primarily due to cost and technology requirements for backup. But the left insisted every officer be outfitted as it was seen as the only way to stop police brutality. Looks like they have changed their tune.

Anti-police protestors screamed at the top of their lungs for every officer to be outfitted with a body camera, claiming that departments who refused to use the technology were somehow trying to hide their misdeeds. Never mind the fact that the cost of not only purchasing the equipment but maintaining an IT-networked necessary to store the date was cost prohibitive. So departments nationwide dug deep and outfitted their officers. But the results were not what the left was looking for.

The belief by some is that body cameras would capture the actions of bigoted police next time they hassled a law-abiding minority citizen. That the world would see what they knew was right – police gunning down citizens with no warning for no other reason than the color of their skin.

But they were wrong. The majority of shootings or use of force scenarios involving body camera footage shows the officers only using the force necessary to prevent injury to themselves or others and only use deadly force as a last resort.

May 20, 2107 – Denver Police Sgt. Is cleared in the shooting of armed, suicidal man as footage shows the suspect to be a clear danger after shooting another officer in the leg.

Aug. 13, 2017 – Salt Lake City officers are cleared in the shooting of a fleeing suspect after footage shows the suspect was not only armed but lunged at officers while trying to escape.

Nov 10 2017 – Providence R.I. Officers’ shooting of a motorist on busy highway ruled justified after footage shows the suspect repeatedly ramming numerous cars, an action which placed the public at great risk of harm.

Bottom line is the video has not shown the “rampant police misconduct” the left was so sure existed. So, instead of agreeing that maybe they were wrong they are now claiming it is the video’s fault. How is it the video’s fault? According to a recent NEWSWEEK article, the fact that police are able to view the footage prior to writing a report of the incident allows the officers to lie to justify the use of force.

Really?

Is describing an incident as captured by video now somehow lying? Isn’t the reason cameras are used is to capture what really happened, rather than relying on one person’s memory of events?
There’s an old saying that I think applies here “be careful what you wish for.”

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Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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2 thoughts on “About Face on Cameras: Now the Left Is Claiming Body Cams Are a Threat to Civil Rights

  1. ^Indeed. For some reason, these people don’t realize that if the police were truly interested in surveilling them, there are much more discreet ways of doing so than a conspicuous body camera. Other than the logstical issues that Cpt. Burrell pointed out, I can’t see why any reasonable person would oppose the use of body cams.

    Certainly, there are bad cops out there. But there are far, far more bad guys who are NOT cops, and I am grateful for the police who perform the difficult and often thankless job of keeping the public safe from such menaces.

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