In July 2018, police arrested 19-year-old Sarah Wilson and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, at a traffic stop in Chesapeake, Virginia. The officers took Wilson out of the car and cuffed her hands behind her back. But after, the officers went after Medlin who tried to flee the scene. At this point, the report grows more controversial.
Francis Folz | United States
On February 6th of this year, it was made public that the NYPD will be making body cams part of the standard uniform for its nearly 40,000 officers. This is good news since the use of body cams holds law enforcement accountable for their actions in uniform. It also largely removes the “my word against yours” aspect of police misconduct claims.
Claims of criminal conduct by our police are widespread. American police are far more lethal than other developed nations per capita. American police, on average, take over one thousand civilian lives a year. In light of these facts, we must ask ourselves how come all police officers aren’t wearing body cams?
Michael Ottavio | United States
On Wednesday the New York City Police Department announced that it has officially equipped every police officer a body camera. The NYPD has since issued over 20,000 body cameras. Every uniformed cop regardless of rank will be wearing these body cameras.
This move comes after a judge ruled in 2017 that their stop and frisk tactics were unconstitutional. The court also ordered them to wear body cameras. Since the NYPD mandated body cameras, public complaints have gone down, according to reports. However, police body cameras are still very problematic for several reasons.