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article imageLondon's armed police to wear body cameras

By Mark Harradine     Jan 16, 2014 in World
London - In the wake of the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in North London in 2011, armed police units in London will soon be required to wear body cameras.
Mark Duggan was shot and killed by armed police officers in London in 2011 and this incident resulted in the riots that hit Tottenham and throughout the capital. Police officers were attempting to arrest Duggan on suspicion of planning an attack and they stated that Duggan was carrying a firearm. The move by the Metropolitan Police to equip armed officers in the capital with body cameras is as seen as offering greater transparency. Unlike police officers in many urban centers the regular police in London do not carry firearms. According to statistics from the Metropolitan Police between 2010 and 2012 there were 12,721 gun related incidents in London, to which the armed units were called, although shots were actually fired on only four occasions.
The new cameras were first used in a trail in 2012 in Rialto near Los Angeles. Results from those trails showed that the use of force by police officers fell by 60 percent and complaints fell by 88 percent. Commenting the Rialto police chief said "When you know you're being watched you behave a little better. That's just human nature.” The head of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said that "These are professional officers who want to be believed and want the public to trust them. If wearing body cameras is what it takes, then that is what they will do."
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