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  1. C. Auguste Dupin
    C. Auguste Dupin April 16, 2015 at 11:19 am | | Reply

    One problem has already arisen: there are already news organizations that want the right to view all police body cam videos from any police officer on demand. The problem is that these requests, so far, are without regard to whether or not there was any suspicion of malfeasance on part of the officer, or evidence against a suspect.

    Body cameras for police are a good idea, but I’m troubled by the idea of news outlets scanning through police videos looking for anything they might think is news worthy, even in mundane, normal police interactions with private citizens. Police have the authority to pull over your car for a broken tail light. With a warrant they have the authority to search your car, personal belongings, your person, and your house. If news organizations can have unfettered access to these videos, so can other government agencies. Police cameras can easily be used as a tool to spy on innocent citizens.

    With every new technology or new use of a technology laws often need to be rewritten to account for constitutional and civil protections. States, cities and counties need policies and legislation to allow these videos to inform public opinion on police tactics and criminal behavior by perpetrators, but also to protect private citizens from having every routine interaction with police becoming public knowledge .

  2. ZugTheMegasaurus
    ZugTheMegasaurus April 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm | | Reply

    I don’t agree with most of what Brooks is saying, and that’s because I don’t agree with his characterization of police officers. They are not being asked to wear cameras 24/7, in those times that privacy is important (as in the examples provided). They’re being recorded on the job, for good reason. They have the power (and too often, the willingness) to damage and even end people’s lives.

    What makes me roll my eyes over this is that I’ve been videotaped and recorded at every single job I’ve ever worked. Everything from making coffee to picking up dog crap to legal work, I have always been recorded the entire time. I’m writing this from the office, and everything I do on this computer is being recorded and logged just in case I’m doing something I’m not supposed to. Why, when it comes to a profession that grants incredible power and authority, is that somehow unreasonable?

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