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article imageOp-Ed: A Police Point Of View

By Matt Dehekker     Nov 7, 2011 in Crime
Police departments in Canada and U.S. have started to equip their officers with shirt-attached cameras that will record much of their work. With so many police brutality cases in the last twenty years we're left wondering why now?
Many cases in law enforcement history have been brought forth with no real evidence. Whether it's a civilian "victim" of "police brutality", or a police officer charging someone with a crime, convictions are made much easier with eye witnesses; and there's nothing better then camera footage for Judges and juries. This fact is now helping the judicial system transcend from he say, she say to hard, factual evidence. As this transition begins people are left wondering why now, and for who?
These new two inch Vievu cameras are cheap, small, and easy to use. Roughly costing $100.00 each and simply fit on the officers shirt-front. With voice activation they can be turned on right before a traffic stop or arrest and record about two hours of footage. This film data can then be effortlessly transferred to a computer for review at the end of each shift. For such a simple, cheap, effective tool it's hard to understand why these have not been used earlier. For decades cops have been complacent with using dashboard mounted cameras for extra evidence. So why all of a sudden do we need more cameras?
Dashboard cameras have been around for ages. Helping convict criminals and keep law enforcement fair by using a dashboard mounted camera for evidence. Yet in many cases the dashboard camera has shown to be completely useless. The camera is mounted on the dash of a Police vehicle looking out the front windshield making only what's in front of the car visible. This hinderance has allowed for false convictions and brutality. These factors seem to have finally led officials to implement a new strategy within their police departments.
Not only will these new pocket cameras help aid law enforcement officers convict criminals, falsely convicted criminals prove innocence, and police brutality victims accuse their assailants, it will aid in the development of a better law enforcement system.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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